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Crabcakes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Today is Memorial Day. I have many friends and family members who have served, or are currently serving in the United States Military. I have been blessed to know these warriors first-hand, and loved them all so deeply. My husband is a Marine, and since it's his day, I make for him whatever he wants. Because he's from Baltimore, apparently crab cakes are the traditional Memorial Day comfort food.

My crab cakes have a very minimum amount of ingredients, because crab is a gorgeous, delicate flavored thing, so you never want to overpower the beauty of the meat.

You will notice, also, that I use commercially made mayonnaise in the crab cake mix, and then scratch make a mayo-based aioli as an accompaniment. The reason for this is that commercial mayo is very bland flavor-wise and won't overpower the crab. The aioli is served on the side for people who simply must have a dressing for their crab cakes...it happens. What is aioli, you ask? Well...

Aioli or aïoliis a sauce made of …

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