Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crabs!

We are going "orange" for the rest of April to show our support for the ASPCA Fight Animal Cruelty Campaign.  We were also excited because April 1st was the first day of crab season! The mom loves crabs (and so do the rest of us).  She worries about them when there's a hurricane because the run off and reduced salinity is bad for them, poor things!  With a sigh she knows crab season is bad for them too...

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab
Look at that feisty critter!
Get any where near it and it'll give you something to remember!

Its scientific name is Callinectes sapidus.  Callinectes means beautiful swimmer and sapidus means savory. Correct on all accounts!  To celebrate the mom, who was born and has lived most of her life in Maryland, is sharing her crab cake recipe:


MARYLAND CRAB CAKES
1 Lb Lump Crab Meat (the bigger the lumps the better)
2 Tablespoon Mayo
1 Tablespoon Minced Onion
1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
Beaten Egg & Panko Crumbs for coating

Clean any shell out of the crab (Phillips is a good brand if you're buying canned).  Mix the mayo, onion & seasonings together and gently work into crab meat.  Try not to break up the lumps of meat, work as little as possible.  Press together and form into cakes that fit comfortably in your hand.  Dredge through the egg and crumbs.  Cook on 1 side thoroughly before turning.  If its turned before a crust is formed it will fall apart.

The cakes can be fried in oil, baked at 375 F, or broiled.  All are traditional cooking methods and take just a few minutes on each side.  

This recipe can be used for Crab Imperial, Stuffed Lobster Tails or Shrimp & Stuffed Flounder as well.
Fillers like bread crumbs are frowned upon, as is smashing the cakes flat.  They shouldn't look like hamburger patties.  They should be light and succulent.  Some people add a teaspoon of dijon mustard, a little celery or pepper, as there are variations of course!  But NO FILLERS!

Ah!  Warm days are just around the corner!  Soon we'll be at the crab races during Crab Days at the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels....

14 comments:

Katie and Glogirly said...

Glogirly and Gloman love to get crabby too. With crab AND cake in the name of something to eat, what's not to love!!! Thanx for the recipe...I'm hoping she goes for it and decides to share.
: ) Katie

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Yum, crab!!!

Julie Baugh said...

Kizzie has never had crab, but she would probably love to try some. That recipe looks good, and we can't buy fresh crab around here, so I may give it a go with some tinned crab.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We think that sounds delish but we are sorry to say our mum hates anything "fishy" so we don't hold out much hope of a taste.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Mommy loves crabs! And if she could get near THAT crab, she would certainly have something to remember it by. Yum. :)

Marg said...

Our Mom is not a fishy person either. But that all does sound good if you like crabs. Have a most wonderful day.

Us4 Cats said...

aw! that lil crab is so cute!
um, that was da mom talking- now we cats think something too, ...NOM?!!

The Island Cats said...

Our dad-guy loves the crabcakes too...so mom is gonna try this recipe to make them for him. We bet we'll get a little taste too!

Mariodacat said...

Now those crab cakes look delicious!

Brian said...

Crab races, wow, I'll bet the jockies are really small!

The Meezers or Billy said...

mmmmmmmmmmm crabcakes!

Cat said...

Crab cakes are my absolute favourite!!!

Kjelle Bus said...

I don´t think my mom will manege to do crabbcakes :(
Can´t I come over and eat some of your´s instead ?? ;-)

ABBY said...

OH our Momma loves crab too!
purrs
>^,,^<
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