A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend and we were talking, casually, about various things. You know, sealing wax, cabbages and kings.
She mentioned that a couple of local guys were talking about their crab cakes and how they thought theirs were good and I said I make a mean crab cake as well. And the rest is history.
The upshot is that a lot of people around here swear their crab cake is the best.
I put my money where my mouth is and competed against three very good cooks in our first Annual Crab Cake Cookoff. And best of all, this was also a very well attended fund raiser for the Crooked River Lighthouse, the goal of which is to replace the 'pirate ship Carrabella' which was burnt last year.
Did I mention I won? Well, I did.
Although the Lighthouse was the big winner here. I just got a cool trophy and bragging rights. giggle.
I'm sharing the winning crab cake recipe here. I don't believe in 'secret recipes', I think we should all have the ability to cook to the best of our skills and knowledge. And that includes how to make something as simple and yet polarizing as a Crab Cake.
In my opinion a Crab Cake should be a simple thing to make. Nothing fancy, just crab, a little bit of filler, and something to make it stick together enough so you can make cakes out of it and either fry them or bake them. Either way is good.
Personally, I like mine fried in a little bit of butter and olive oil.
Recipe: Carrabelle Crab Cakes Yield: 4-6 good sized crab cakes or about 25 small appetizer size crab cakes.
1 lb. Lump Crab Meat
20 saltines, crushed, not too fine
1/4 cup Mayonnaise (I love Dukes Mayo for this, as it's so thick and rich and most like my own homemade mayo)
1 egg, separated
1/2 tablespoon Sambal Oelek Sauce (use less if not a fan of hot stuff)
flour for dredging
butter and olive oil for frying.
Chives for garnish
Lemon and Lime slices for garnish as well.
Crush the saltines until they resemble a fine crumb, but don't pulverize them completely.
I know I keep saying gently, I mean it too. The whole point is to keep the crab in as big pieces as possible.
When ready to cook, heat a pan up with some butter and olive oil to medium high. I actually made some Ghee as the solids in the butter can burn very easily.
Make crab cake patties using an ice cream scoop
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek
juice from one lime
zest from one lime (zest the lime before you try to squeeze the juice out, it's much easier to do that first. Please learn from my oop's)
Stir together and serve with the crab cakes. Garnish with some chopped chives if desired.
I'm also going to make some for our Tapas Night, cause it's always nice to share.
Hey, crab cakes are good food.
I was featured on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday, here it is, with pride.