Thursday, March 8, 2012

Palace Cafe Crabmeat Cheescake Recipe...yummo

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This might be my new favorite dish!  It is absolutely amazing!


Serves 8

Ingredients:

Pecan Crust
¾ C - Pecans
1 C - All-purpose flour
¼ T - Salt
5 T - Butter, cold
3 T - Ice water

Filling
½ C - Onion, small diced
1 T - Butter
4 oz - Crabmeat
8 oz - Cream cheese, room temperature
⅓ C - Creole cream cheese or sour cream
2 ea - Eggs
1 T - Hot pepper sauce (we use Crystal hot sauce in this recipe)
Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Meunière Sauce
1 ea - Lemon, peeled and quartered
½ C - Worcestershire sauce
½ C - Hot pepper sauce
¼ C - Heavy whipping cream
1 lb - Butter, cold, cut into small cubes
Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Garnish
2 C - Sliced, mixed wild mushrooms
3 T - Butter, softened
24 ea - Crab claw fingers
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Preparing the Pecan Crust
Preheat oven to 350°. Finely grind pecans in a food processor. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and cut in butter, working butter into flour with two knives until dough is in crumbs the size of small peas. Add ice water and evenly incorporate into the mixture, which should remain fairly crumbly. Roll out dough to an 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Press dough into a lightly greased 9" tart pan, starting with the sides and then the bottom. Bake crust for 20 minutes, or until golden. Note: Dough can be made ahead of time. If doing so, wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Allow dough to come to room temperature before rolling out.

Preparing the Filling
Sauté onion in butter until translucent. Add crabmeat and cook just until heated through, then remove from heat. Blend cream cheese until smooth in a mixer fitted with a paddle, or by hand using a wooden spoon. Add Creole cream cheese and mix well. Mix in eggs one at a time. Gently fold in crabmeat mixture. Stir in hot sauce and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Spoon filling into prepared crust. Bake at 300° for 30-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch.

Preparing the Meunière Sauce and Garnish
Combine lemon, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a heavy saucepot. Reduce over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until mixture becomes thick and syrupy. Whisk in heavy whipping cream. Reduce heat to low and slowly blend in butter one cube at a time, adding additional butter only after previously added butter has completely incorporated into the sauce. This process is called “mounting the butter." Remove from heat and continue to stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Strain through a fine strainer and keep warm. Sauté mushrooms in 2T butter until tender and all moisture has cooked off. Excess water from the mushrooms may break your sauce if it isn’t cooked off. Stir mushrooms into meunière sauce. Melt 1T butter in a sauté pan and warm crab claws over low heat.

To serve
Slice cheesecake and top each piece with warm meunière sauce and three crab claws.



This recipe sounds pretty difficult but it would be perfect for a special occasion!

Happy Thursday!


~Julia


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