I have a confession to make; I never order crab cakes in a restaurant! You see, I adore crab cakes and used to order them all the time. But for some strange reason, three times in a row I got sick right after eating them. Now the strangest part of all is that I had ordered them in different restaurants in different states! But the end result was the same; I just can’t bring myself to try another restaurant crab cake!
Do you have any foods like that? Ones that you have absolutely no luck ordering in a restaurant? Maybe it’s not a dish that made you ill but something the restaurants never get right? Please tell me I’m not the only person with this kind of problem!
So, I was looking through my brand new “The Essential New York Times Cook Book” by Amanda Hesser and came across a recipe for Crab Cakes Baltimore-Style and instantly had an overwhelming desire to whip us some crab cakes! Ok, here’s the amazing coincidence; I had bought an 8 ounce container of fresh crab earlier in the day. I figured it was destiny that I should make crab cakes.
I did have to alter the recipe slightly because I was missing a couple of ingredients and being lazy, I just figured it would be easier to improvise and take my chances rather than go all the way back to the market! I also mixed Blue Cheese Dressing and Rooster Chili Sauce to serve on the side rather than the Remoulade Sauce that was recommended.
Ingredients for 6 small crab cakes:1 beaten egg
¼ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup crushed saltines
1 teaspoon country Dijon mustard
Pinch red pepper flakes
½ cup finely chopped sweet onion
¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt and a pinch of white pepper (this is to taste)
8 ounces fresh crab
¼ cup bread crumbs or panko
3 T. vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients except the bread crumbs and oil
Gently form 6 patties of equal size
Dredge them in the bread crumbs
In a non stick skillet over medium heat add the oil and cook the cakes 2-3 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towel and serve over shredded lettuce tomatoes and with a spicy sauce or condiment of your choice.