I seriously love crab. And fortunately for me, my mom has spent her life on the east coast so she's an expert in seafood. She grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and spent a big chunk of her graduate school/ young adult years in Maryland so she's got all that knowledge and love. Last time I was home she suggested crab cakes for dinner and I leaped at the opportunity to not just eat them but blog them so all of you lucky readers can make amazingly delicious crab cakes too.
These little babies are freaking amazing and you should definitely try them.
1 lb crab meat
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 1/2 a sleeve)
2/3 cup mayo
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Old Bay seafood seasoning
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
a dash of salt and pepper
optional: panko breadcrumbs
In a medium bowl, crush up your Ritz crackers. Alternatively, you could use seasoned breadcrumbs.
Add your dry mustard, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
Next mix in your egg and a scoop of mayo. If you want to go healthier, you can use a little milk instead. Then slowly and carefully mix in your crab lumps.
As I said earlier, we're in the lumpier-the-better camp. If you are too, then you'll want to gently fold the crab in with a big spoon like my momma's doing in the picture below. If you don't mind it being broken up, then you can just stir it in and not worry a bit.
Once you're mixed in, make them into palm-sized little cakes.
Once your cakes are made, you can press some panko bread crumbs into each side. It makes it a little bit more crunchy, but they'll be delicious either way.
Now that you're ready to cook, you might as well open up your wine if you haven't already for Charm Hour. Usually they say you should have white wine with seafood, but we had this super special white cabernet sauvignon that actually looks like a rosé.
This wine is made with cabernet sauvignon grapes- which usually make a dark, dry red wine. But with this wine they remove the skins early in the fermenting process, leaving the wine with a hint of pink color, but a lighter taste that you'd associate with a white wine. It's absolutely delicious. It comes from Silver Springs Winery on the east side of Seneca Lake in upstate New York. If you're in the area you should stop through for a tasting, and if not you can always consider ordering some.
You can tell it's hot enough when A. the butter is melted and B. if you splash a drop of water on the pan it sizzles. Carefully place your little cakes into your hot pan and let them sit.
When they start to brown, gently scoop and flip them over. The crab is already cooked, so it's really just heating it enough to cook the egg in there and make the outside crispy so don't worry too much about how long on each side.
To round out our meal we also cooked up some salt potatoes and threw together a salad.
And now for the final product:
And now, as Joe keeps saying next to me, "I'm hungry for crab cakes just looking at them". I think I'll be making these again myself one day soon.
More than anything, I'm thankful that I was able to get home to see my family and spend some time together. Here's to you Mom, for instilling in me a love for crab (and wine). I love you!
p.s. If you're looking to make crab legs rather than using just the meat, check out my snow crab dinner here.