Monday, October 24, 2011

Crab Cakes & A Special Request



First off, a bit of a special request to you all. My Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes are a finalist in a Halloween recipe contest, and all you need to do to vote for them is go here, scroll to the bottom, and click the Facebook "like" button next to the title of my entry, (it is the first one on the list). The winner is determined by votes, so every vote is helpful!

My Theio (Uncle) Soulis back home in Oregon has a knack for crabbing, and since he and my Theia Anna have a beach house on the Oregon coast, he goes crab fishing from time to time. He knows I really love crab, so he will bring some over to my parents house every so often and they put it in the freezer for me so that when I come for a visit I will have some tasty Oregon crabmeat waiting for me. Well, that is exactly what happened last week, so on Thursday I decided to try something new and make some crab cakes. It is strange that I've never made them before, now that I think about it, normally I'd just eat the crab meat plain with a little lemon juice on it, which is of course delicious, but crab cakes are just so fun and combine so many great flavors, especially these ones. I used some Old Bay Seasoning I made, and included the recipe for it here, but you can also buy it pre-made at the grocery store in the spice isle if you don't feel like going through the trouble of making it yourself. The Old Bay Seasoning recipe makes about 3 Tablespoons of seasoning, and this recipe makes about 8 palm-sized  crab cakes.


Ingredients:

Crab Cakes

1 and 1/2 Cups Crab Meat
7 Green Onions, chopped
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Italian Breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
1 Teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce
1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne
Oil for frying

Old Bay Seasoning

6 Bay Leaves, crushed
3 Whole Cloves
3 Whole Cardamom Pods
1 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds
1 Tablespoon Black Peppercorns
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds, whole or ground
1/4 Teaspoon Mace, whole or ground
1/4 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper


To make the old bay seasoning, place all of the seasoning ingredients in a coffee grinder and blend them until they form a smooth powdered spice. Set it aside.


To make the crab cakes, simply mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly blended and the ingredients are evenly distributed. Create the crab cakes by patting some of the crab mixture between the palms of your hand until a nice patty forms.


Heat some oil in a frying pan until a crumb of crab cake dropped into the oil starts bubbling and frying. Lower the heat to maintain the temperature and place as many of the crab cakes in the pan as you can while maintaining at least 1 inch of space between the crab cakes. Cook them for about 3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown. Remove them with a metal of wood slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Serve immediately.




5 comments:

  1. Omg, those crab cakes tempts me a lot.

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  2. I am so envious of your crab meat from Oregon! It is difficult to find good crab here in the Midwest and I usually buy it from the shrimp truck when they are in town.

    Delicious recipes. I love that you made your old bay seasoning from scratch.

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  3. Love that you made your own Bay Seasoning, amd I do love a good crabcake!!

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  4. wait, I'm not even a fan of crab and I'm salivating! I'm gonna have to get my hands on some good crab meat and give these ago :D

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