Four Seasons Crabmeat Cakes, Crisp Beets, and Sweet Potatoes

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to stay at a Four Seasons hotel, then you know exactly why the chain is rated as one of the top 5-star luxury hotels. From their rooms to their restaurants, the attention to detail is impeccable. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy an elegant Four Seasons dish.

Today’s Secret Recipe will show you how to make one of Four Seasons signature appetizers at home. Fresh lump crabmeat is used to create these gourmet crab cakes which are served with crisp beets and sweet potatoes.

You can easily turn this dish into a light dinner by serving it with this fresh spinach salad recipe.


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Four Seasons Crabmeat Cakes, Crisp Beets, and Sweet Potatoes



  • 12 slices white bread, crust removed
  • 2 beets, peeled and sliced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup Pommeray mustard
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons crushed yellow mustard seed
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 dill pickle, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 2 pounds lump crabmeat, shells removed

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chop the bread in a food processor and transfer resulting crumbs to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  2. Slice beets and sweet potatoes and dust with 1/4 cup of the flour. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil until very hot, then add beets and sweet potatoes. Cook until crisp, approximately 30 seconds. Remove from oil and drain. Set aside and keep warm.

  3. Over a low flame, melt 1/4 cup of the butter. Using a wooden spoon stir in the remaining flour. Add chicken stock and milk and simmer, approximately 10 minutes. Add Pommeray mustard, salt, pepper, mustard seed, turmeric, curry powder, and paprika and stir. Continue simmering for 10 minutes more. Set aside and keep warm.

  4. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks, mayonnaise, pickle, celery, and crabmeat. Make sure to incorporate every ingredient. Mold about 1/8 of the mixture into a potato-shaped ball. Press gently to be sure it retains its shape through the cooking process. Roll each crab cake into the breadcrumbs, pouring more crumbs on top until thoroughly covered and no longer sticky to the touch.

  5. Over low flame, heat the remaining butter in a large nonstick skillet. When the butter melts and is evenly distributed, place 8 crab cakes in the skillet. Cook until golden brown, turning twice to create a three-sided cake.

  6. To serve: Place two crab cakes on a dinner-sized plate. Spoon mustard sauce between them. Garnish with crisp vegetables.

Serves 4

Source: Delish

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