Paired with crab cakes, this sauce is amazing.

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Credit: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

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active:
5 mins
chill:
30 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
1¼ cups
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At Senior Food Editor Lisa Cericola's Christmas dinner, you won't find a shiny glazed ham or a massive roast. Instead, you'll find an equally-impressive main that pays tribute to her Florida roots: crab cakes. Over the years, she has mastered the art of crab cakes: "The best ones are made with a mix of fresh-picked jumbo lump and regular lump crab. Don't bother with the stuff in cans—it's Christmas, after all."

If you're spending all that time and money perfecting your crab cakes, you need a truly great sauce to go alongside it. After all, every good crab cake needs a good sauce. That's just how it is—we don't make the rules. And because it's Christmas, we're bringing you three different sauce options to pair with these Christmas Crab Cakes: Herbed Crème Fraiche, Spicy Pepper Sauce, and Creamy Dijonnaise.

Sharp and creamy, this dijonnaise is the perfect out-of-the-box pairing for these Christmas Crab Cakes. A base of equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream give this sauce its smooth tang, while two types of Dijon mustard brighten it up. Allow this sauce 30 minutes in the fridge to chill before serving—use that time to fry up your hot, fresh crab cakes. Stick with just one or make all three sauces to give your guests options.

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, country-style Dijon mustard, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt in a bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl, and cover. Chill 30 minutes before using.

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