Mini Crab Cakes
Everybody likes "mini" foods. They don't require utensils, and many times even plates. You have your own personal portion and do not have to share. And, best of all, (for those with a bit of OCD,) no one else touches it but you! That said, who actually likes the tedious work involved in producing enough of tiny portions to feed a group of hungry guests? Actually, I do. But even though, I try to find foolproof recipes with at least some make ahead components to make the process just a little more enjoyable. These delectable little bites fit the bill and are so yummy that even non-seafood lovers are hooked. It is not necessary to form the crust into cups. Just press it in a bit and top with the filling. As it bakes it combines to make a solid cup that easily comes out of the pan. Purchasing lump or claw crab that is already picked is pricy, but easy. Feel free to pick your own crab out of the shell, I do sometimes.
What you will need
3 ounces Cream cheese, room temp, lite ok
3 ounces Mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup Mayo
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon Celery seed
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, or to taste
6 ounces Fresh crab meat, lightly flaked.
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh chives
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) melted butter, plus more to grease pans