For the emulsion (aioli):
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the crab cakes:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/4 cup chopped red peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped yellow peppers
- 1 pound lump crab meat, picked over for shells and cartilage
- 1 tablespoon Creole mustard or other whole grain spicy mustard
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- Fine bread crumbs, about 2 cups
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon brunoise red peppers
- 1 tablespoon brunoise yellow peppers
To make the emulsion: In a food processor with metal blade, pulse the egg, mustard, garlic and lemon juice for 1 minute. In a slow, steady stream, add the 1 cup of oil. Blend until the emulsion is thick. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the crab cakes: In a sauté pan, heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the oil is hot, saute the vegetables until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. In a mixing bowl, combine the crab meat, cooled vegetables, Creole mustard and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in 3/4 cup of the emulsion. Stir in enough bread crumbs to bind the cakes, about 1/2 cup. Portion the mixture into 1/2 cup cakes, and set aside on a platter.
Season the flour and remaining bread crumbs with Essence and place in separate containers. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Season the egg wash with Essence. Dredge the cakes in the seasoned flour, then dip the cakes in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Dredge the cakes in the bread crumbs.
Add enough vegetable oil to a sauté pan to come up 1/2-inch. Heat the oil. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the cakes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season the cakes with Essence. Serve the crab cakes garnished with the brunoise peppers and the leftover emulsion.