Chef John’s Crab Cakes

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INGREDIENTS:
• 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
• ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 egg, beaten
• salt to taste
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 pound fresh crab meat, well-drained
• ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

• Mix saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
• Stir in crab meat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
• Sprinkle bread crumbs on a plate.
• Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.
• Melt butter in a skillet over medium-heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Serving brunch? Try a Crab Cake Benedict, replacing the Canadian bacon and English muffin with a crab cake instead. Top it with a poached egg, side of mixed greens and glass of Huellas Sauvignon Blanc.  Recipe courtesy of Chef John, at AllRecipes.com

Huellas Reserve Sauvignon Blanc wine bottleSilky styleHuellas Reserve
Sauvignon Blanc
Maule Valley, Chile

The grapes were picked at their optimal degree of ripeness during the third week of February. Half of the grapes were macerated in the press to gently extract aromas from the skins while the remaining bunches were destemmed and pressed immediately to obtain clean musts. All fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the aromatics and freshness in the form of citrus and tropical fruit notes. A large part of the blend was barrel aged for 3 months on the lees, up until bottling, to impart a greater weight and creamy texture on the palate.

Carlos Gatica winemaker headshot“Greenish-yellow with intense citrus aromas such as grapefruit and sweet tropical fruits. The refreshing palate is lively, fruity, and finishes with a smooth creaminess. The perfect companion for seafood, creamy and fatty cheeses, chicken dishes, and pastas with seafood sauces.”

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Sauvignon Gris
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume

Chilcas Pairing Recipe

Pan-Roasted Chicken
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INGREDIENTS:
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into ribbons
• Leaves from 2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
• 1 whole chicken, quartered (about 3 pounds)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3/4 cup chicken stock
• 1/2 lemon, juiced

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put a cast iron or other ovenproof skillet large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer, or a small roasting pan, over medium heat and get it good and hot. Drizzle the pan with a 3-count of oil. Add the prosciutto and rosemary and cook, stirring, until the prosciutto is crisp and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Push to one side of the pan. Season the chicken on both sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper and add it to the pan, skin side down, in a single layer. Cook for about 5 minutes until the skin begins to set and crisp. Turn and cook 3 more minutes. Turn the chicken again, stick the pan in the oven and roast until the chicken is tender and cooked through, about 30 more minutes.

Take the pan out of the oven. Remove the chicken and prosciutto from the pan and arrange on a platter to keep warm while you prepare the pan sauce. Pour out all but about 1 tablespoon of the rendered chicken fat and return the pan to the stove top. Stir in the stock and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, scraping up the flavors stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until reduced to a syrup, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan sauce over the chicken and serve immediately. Serves 4.  Recipe compliments of Tyler Florence, Food Network.

WC_Jan_2014_Chilcas_bottleChilcas Single Vineyard
Cabernet Franc
Maule Valley, Chile

Bold_stickerClean and bright, with an outstanding deep ruby-red color. The nose is intense, with notable fruit aromas of strawberry, black cherry, and blueberry accompanied by spicy aromas that recall bay leaf, white pepper, and an interesting hint of tobacco. The voluminous palate has smooth, elegant tannins and a tremendously long finish.

Winemaker: Camilo Viani
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal:  87% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Analysis: 13.7% alc/vol