Friday, July 27, 2007

Marvelous Maryland Crab Cakes

Unfortunately I can't offer a picture of these beautiful cakes because they were simply so good that by the time I had a chance to take a photo they were all gone. This may have something to do with the fact that we had not had Crab Cakes in ages. Who doesn't love crab, I actually prefer it to lobster but you won't see me denying either in any situation. I do find crab to be really rich so a fix every once in a while seems to be satisfying enough for me.

When making Crab Cakes I like to taste the crab so I'm not a big fan of lots of filler, afterall, it's an occasional thing and it's not cheap so why not do it right. The key here is to let the cakes chill for at least an hour, this will be the difference between crab crumble and crab cakes. Be gentle with these little delights, they are delicate and a bit fussy but they sure are worth it.

1 lb crab meat
1 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp hot sauce (such as Red Hot)
1/8 cup yellow pepper, diced finely
1/8 cup green onion, chopped finely
1 TBS lemon zest
1 tsp each S&P

In a large bowl mix together everything except crab meat. Combine ingredients well and gently fold in the crab. Form the mixture into cakes, whatever size you like, and place on a cookie sheet. When all the cakes are formed, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. After an hour, preheat oil to medium in a large skillet and place crab cakes in pan, making sure not to crowd the pan. Allow to cook for about 7-8 minutes or until nicely golden brown then gently flip. Cook the crab cakes on the other side for about 5 more minutes and transfer cakes to a platter lined with paper towel. Drain briefly and serve while hot.

These are delicious on their own however they are also great with cocktail sauce or this tastey garlic mayo:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS buttermilk
1 TBS lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
couple dashes hot sauce

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and serve.

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