Sunday, November 14, 2010


The kitchen belongs to me:  I am the Crab Lady!  The Crab Guy is trying to invade my territory.  He insisted on making this recipe.

First, he steamed crabs that he caught.  Next, he picked.  For several hours.  He picked enough to make 1 lb. of crab meat.  Then he mixed the ingredients for crab cakes.  He used a recipe from rated 4-1/2 stars.  Many reviewers, however, said the recipe needed more flavor (hot sauce, Old Bay....).  The Crab Guy wanted to make the original recipe, but I insisted that he add a bit more hot sauce, which he did.  The recipe just said, "salt and pepper to taste," so he added 1/8 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.  It needed a bit more, so I've doubled the amount in the recipe below.

First, let me say that these were good crab cakes.  There is very little filler, mostly just a binder to hold the crab meat together.  The sauce (mine) was not in the original recipe, and goes well with the crab.  The concept of broiling versus frying is one I agree with in theory, but the reality is that broiling crab cakes makes for a somewhat hard crust.  My personal preference is for a crispy, more tender crust, which can only be had by sauteeing or frying.

If you make these, be sure you pick through the crab meat and get all the pieces of shell and cartilage out.  There's nothing worse than biting into a crab cake and getting a mouthful of shells.  And, by the way, my favorite crab cakes are still Maryland Pavilion Crab Cakes, first introduced at the 1964 World's Fair.

Maryland Crab Cakes II
Adapted from
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Spicy Ranch Aioli:
1/2 cup bottled ranch dressing
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. finely chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Crab Cakes:
1 lb. crab meat, picked over to remove shells and cartilage
1-1/2 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. sea salt (changed from the original)
1/8 tsp. black pepper (changed from the original)
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp. ground dry mustard
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce (changed from the original)

In small bowl, combine aioli ingredients; set aside.  Preheat broiler.  Combine crab meat, bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.  Beat together egg, mayo, hot sauce and mustard.  Combine with other ingredients and mix well, but lightly, taking care not to press too hard on the crab meat.  Form into patties and place on a lightly greased broiler pan or baking sheet.  Broil for 10-15 minutes, until lightly brown.  Serve with spicy ranch aioli.   Yield:  5 crab cakes

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Our friends, Tom and Micki, invited us for a snow-crab party at a beach house they "borrowed" for the weekend.  We were joined by their sons, Ian and Hunter and Shelley and Frank and their two boys.  It was a fun time.  Frank is a natural comedian and loves to clown.
 He had fun showing us how high he could kick.

The guys cooked the snow crabs with Old Bay seasoning.  Snow crabs are already fully cooked when you buy them frozen.  They just need to be thawed and heated through, making them an easy party food.  Just be sure, if you cook them, not to overcook them, which is what so many people do.  Remember they are already cooked.  If you overcook them, they will turn mushy, and you will not enjoy them.  It only takes about 10 minutes of steaming to heat them through.  See my post on steaming crabs for directions.

Here are the boys at their table, enjoying crabs.

And here are the adults at their table.
After we filled ourselves up with crab, we ate some great cannoli and my sour cream peach pecan pie.

Thanks, Micki and Tom, for a great evening!

Friday, August 13, 2010


Our friend, Gary, who has a terrific website, all about crabs, made these wonderful stuffed crabs for our recent crab party.  They disappeared quickly, and everyone raved over them.  Here is how he made them:

Gary's Stuffed Crabs

12 oz. imitation crab meat mixed with real snow crab meat
4 oz. mini (salad) shrimp
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
1 (8 oz.) bottle of clam juice
16 oz. herb-seasoned bread stuffing
1/2 cup water
15 crab shells
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
freshly chopped parsley

Heat oven to 375F.  In large bowl, combine crab meat, shrimp, butter, oil, wine and clam juice, mixing lightly till just blended.  Fold in stuffing mix by hand, then add water gradually till mixture is moist.  Divide mixture among the crab shells and place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with cheese, then seasoning, and finally parsley.  Bake 25-30 minutes or till lightly browned and hot.  Serve immediately with lemon slices and cocktail forks.

Check out Gary's crab blog for more recipes, crabbing tutorials and everything crab.

Friday, January 8, 2010


What a strange-sounding title for an absolutely delicious recipe!  Originally printed in Sauce Magazine, it was adapted by Lynsey Lou, and I adapted it again.  How close is this to the original?  It's anybody's guess.  All I know is this is one great recipe.  The flavors blend beautifully, and better yet, all the flavor of the crabs come through.  It's amazing how many people add the worst ingredients to crabs, masking their delicate flavor.  Not  this one.  You get the full crab flavor, enhanced by the added ingredients, in a rich, creamy sauce that's to  die for with exotic flavor.  Really, give this one a try.  You won't be diisappointed.

Fonduta Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
Adapted Half Recipe from Lynsey Lou's and Sauce Magazine
Rating:  10 out of 10

1 cup Fonduta Cream (Recipe follows)
2 Tbsp. drinkable quality dry white wine or chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz. picked crabmeat
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 lb. medium shelll pasta, cooked

Preheat oven to 425F.  In a 2-quart saucepan, combine fonduta cream, wine and heavy cream.  Bring to simmer over medium low heat, being careful not to scorch.  Add crab meat and simmer for 1 minute or till crab is heated through.  Remove from heat; stir in butter; adjust seasoning.  Stir in cooked pasta; transfer to a buttered casserole dish.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.  Bake 20-25 minutes, or till top is browned and filling is bubbly and hot.  Serves 4 small eaters, or 2 large eaters.

Fonduta Cream
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup drinking quality dry white wine (or chicken broth)
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% milk
3 oz. cheese (mix cheddar, asiago and gouda)
dash of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onion in the butter till softened.  Stir in flour; add wine; whisk to combine.  Add cream and milk and bring to a simmer.  Off heat; stir in cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.