Monday, July 21, 2008

Cajun Crab Cakes

Who likes crab cakes? I'm way in the back raising my hand. Crab cakes bring back so many memories. One taste of these and you feel like you're on vacation and just ate something really special. Let's get them started, we all need to be on vacation and to feel special.
Crab Cakes -
The most important ingredient of course is the crab meat - you'll need 1 lb.

Saute in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1/2 onion, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1-1/2 stalks of celery, 2 tablespoons celery leaves all very finely chopped. When the veggies begin to wilt, add 1 tablespoon minced garlic and salt and black pepper. Saute another 2 minutes, remove skillet from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes to cool just a bit.

While the veggies are cooking and cooling, in a large bowl, mix together, 1/4 cup of Kraft Mayo (and please in the name of all that is good and special about seafood, DO NOT use Miracle Whip), 1 egg, 5 dashes of Crystal or Frank's Hot Sauce, salt and a pinch of cayenne. Mix together with a fork until completely blended and set aside.

In another bowl add one cup of all-purpose flour and season with 1-1/2 teaspoons of cayenne and set aside. Now add 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs to the mayo mixture and blend. Once completely blended, add in the veggies and mix together thoroughly. Now it's time to add the crab meat - YUM! Gently fold the crab meat into the mixture being careful not to break up the lumps.

Form the mixture into patties. If the mixture feels too wet, add more bread crumbs until the consistency feels a little firmer. Dust the patties in the seasoned flour and fry in hot vegetable or peanut oil approximately 3 minutes per side.

Look at the crab meat lumps! The smell is amazing too.

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels and serve. Actually this makes 8 patties, I still have four more cooking. I just couldn't wait to show you the finished product and maybe scarf one while no one was paying attention.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

How can you say my blog is a gross way to start the week? Just think, the week can only get better from here on out!! Bet you won't see anymore gangrene pics! That's better right?


Prudy said...

I love the way you did the pictures and text for this recipe. It felt like a cooking show. The crab cakes look so yummy!

Megan said...

I was just thinking of crab cakes and now here is a recipe. I must try them. Now...for the crab. Must find some!

April said...

I absolutely love crab cakes! I have tagged you, check out the details on my blog. :)

Paula said...

I'm raising my hand! I love crab cakes, and after seeing your crabby patties, I must have a serving as soon as possible!

Lanny said...

This is one of my husband's all time favorite foods. I used to love them, but then I developed the worst curse anybody from NOLA can have: a shellfish allergy. :( This sure made my mouth water though.

I just love your blog. It makes my taste buds (or as Linus calls them, taste bugs) dance each and every day. :)

John Roberts said...

Real Crab Cakes - not crab-flavored bread cakes like most restaurants serve - are best made at home. This recipe looks like a winner!