June 27, 2014

Maryland Crab Cake

Maryland is filled with crab connoisseurs. Everyone who lives in this state has a favorite place to get steamed crabs or crab cakes, and there is always an epic battle raging between opinions. This past weekend there was a crab feast at my house in honor of Boo Berry's family who came for a visit. We ordered a half bushel of male Maryland blue crab and 2 dozen female Maryland blue crab from Al's Seafood in Essex to give his family an authentic Maryland experience.

A few hours later and multiple wounds from an epic Crab Battle, we all eventually surrendered to the massacre that was before us. We had about a dozen crabs left from the Battle of the Crab, so Boo Berry and I decided to pick them a couple days later and try to make a crab cake that would be on par with G&M, our favorite crab cake place. We were very successful; however, it was not as good as G&M. We will continue to keep our day jobs for a little while longer.

Our recipe was adapted from the Classic Old Bay Crab Cake recipe that can be found on the back of any and all Old Bay cans.

2 slices of bread, crusts removed
Almond milk
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tsp of Old Bay
1/4 Tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 pound of crab meat

By far, the hardest part of this recipe was picking the left over crabs to get 1 pound of meat. We came up at 3/4 of a pound, so we just adjusted the recipe a little bit to accommodate.

In a large bowl, break bread into small pieces. Moisten with milk.

Add mayonnaise, parsley, baking powder, Old Bay, salt, egg and crab meat.

Mix it all together. For this part, we used a mixer. Next time, we will use our hands so the crab isn't shredded as much.

Me taking a picture of him taking a picture...

Shape into 4 patties and place on tin foil. Broil on high for 10 minutes.

Note to self:Wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing

To make this easier on yourself, use a can of lump crab meat from the grocery store. We didn't want these crabs to be wasted so that is what made us pick for an hour to get the meat. Boo Berry was stabbed violently during this picking... the crabs had a little fight left in them after all.

Voila! A crab cake that is NEARLY as good as G&M and waaaayyy better than a lot of the shit in Maryland that is passed as a crab cake.