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Sep 19, 2007 01:42 PM

Crab Cakes accompaniment?

I have NO ideas at the moment!

I'm looking to make some sort of "side dish" (or even something on which to place the crab cakes) for tomorrow night.

Something starchy/grainy would be preferable, as I'm preparing a separate vegetable (I think). But I'm open to just about anything that will go with the crab cakes...


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  1. best way to serve is on top of mixed greens.. anything else will just take away from the cakes (my opinion) =)

    1. I usually make cole slaw and oven fries and they seem to go well.

      1. I serve them atop frisée. It's a gorgeous look, I think. I agree, though, that sides should be kept simple if the main is a crab cake. You want to stay light and not detract from the centerpiece.

        1. Epicurious has an amazing recipe for jalapeno-monterey jack grits that I think would pair nicely w/ crab cakes...

          If you wanted something lighter and with southwestern flavors, serve them with a black bean & corn salsa(w/ tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, a little jalapeno, lime juice, cumin & chili powder) and a spicy southwestern remoulade.

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          1. re: lynnlato

            Hmmm, so would the mixed greens or frisee be lightly tossed with anything? How about an olive oil/lemon/garlic vinaigrette? Or just the greens - naked?! Sorry for my naivete about this!

            Oh, and lynnlato, that grits recipe sounds amazing! If I can get back to the store tonight or tomorrow, I will definitely try that out, too!

            1. re: DKS1

              I think dressing the greens with vinaigrette would be ideal.

              1. re: DKS1

                Trust me on the grits... they'll knock your socks off. If you don't do them for this meal, you must try them some other time! Enjoy and good luck!

              2. re: lynnlato

                Thank you for the grits link..would be awesome with crab cakes!! I also like the black bean salsa, either one would compliment the flavor of crab. Great Idea!!

                1. re: lynnlato

                  I love your suggestion for jalapeno-monterey jack grits! Imagine my surprise when I saw it was your suggestion, when I was trying to think of something different to have with crabcakes. I love you. Aunt Joyce

                2. lemon rice is a nice side dish
                  I use basmati rice and bits of lemon peel into a pot of boiling lemon water.