Orange Ginger Squash Soup with Sesame Crusted Crab Cake

30 servings
  • Soup:
  • 3 large butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 quarts chicken stock plus water to cover
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 orange, zested
  • Crabcakes:
  • 3 pounds lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 small scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups lightly toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Soup: Arrange squash on a sheet pan and roast until beginning to brown, about 20 minutes. In a stockpot heat oil and saute onion, ginger and garlic until onions are translucent. Add roasted squash, orange juice, chicken stock and water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and stir in orange zest. Crabcakes: In a large bowl mix together the crab, eggs, ginger, scallions, sherry, lemon juice and mayonnaise, mix well. Taste and season. Form mixture into 30 equal cakes. Spread the sesame seeds over a sheet pan and dip both sides of cakes just to coat them. In a large wok heat 2 cups canola oil to 350 degrees F. Add crab cakes in batches and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once, or until golden brown. Serve 1 crabcake in each bowl of soup. Garnish with more orange zest.

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