Categories: Recipes
      Date: Feb 12, 2008
     Title: The Pelican Club’s crawfish and shrimp cakes with herb mayonnaise and farmers market salsa

For seventeen years, Chef Richard Hughes has delighted locals and visitors alike in the elegant dining rooms of the Pelican Club. From the very start, his menu has featured local products in international culinary creations with a strong emphasis on Asian elements. The panko bread crumbs add an unparalleled crunch to these unusual crawfish and shrimp cakes.


Herb mayonnaise

Farmers market salsa

Crawfish and shrimp cakes


To prepare Herb Mayonnaise: Combine all ingredients except mayonnaise in blender container. Process until mixture is pureed. Blend with mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare Farmers Market Salsa: Hand chop all ingredients. Mix together and season with salt and cayenne pepper.

To prepare Crawfish and Shrimp Cakes: Combine green onions, egg, egg white, lemon juice, mayonnaise, parsley, cayenne pepper, curry powder, salt, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Gently fold in crawfish, shrimp, and 3/4 cup breadcrumbs. Form mixture into cakes using about 1/4 cup per cake. Coat cakes with remaining bread crumbs. Sauté in butter for 2 minutes per side.

To serve, place sautéed cakes on lettuce leaves and top with a dollop of herb mayonnaise, a spoonful of farmers market salsa, and a lemon wedge. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Allow two cakes per serving as an appetizer; four cakes per serving as an entrée.

Recipe contributed by Chef Richard Hughes, The Pelican Club