Preheat oven 350F. Saute shallots, cayenne, thyme and bay leaves in butter for about 3 minutes. Add wine and crab meat. Fold in the beaten egg and bread crumbs. Roll crab meat mixture into 6 balls and place on top of artichoke rounds (bottoms). Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
In small saucepan, heat cream over medium heat. Reduce in 1/4 cup, (Simmer 5-6 minutes), stirring occasionally. In a small bowl stir together the warm cream into the sour cream mixture and add the salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Add mixture to sauce pan and reheat, correct seasonings. Top artichokes with Cream sauce.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana