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Nov 23, 2009 12:55 PM

Crab Cakes- What do you serve with them?

I always struggle with what sides to serve with crab cakes. Potato salad, corn and such is fine in the summer but what do you think makes a yummy crab cake meal?

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  1. I would serve a twice-baked potato and some grilled asparagus. I love goat cheese - and in lieu of the asparagus might do a salad with goat cheese, roasted grape tomatoes, arugula, and red onions.
    I have a wonderful dressing recipe - you toss the tomatoes in the dressing and roast in the oven first.
    I love crab cakes - try serving with a side of a mayo/dijon blend, with some Old Bay to taste - YUM!

    1. Something tasty but generally bland enough to highlight the cakes' flavors. A succotash of green beans and corn with some chopped tomato added, and roasted or crisp-fried potatoes would be good; broiled tomato halves and a green salad would be nice, too. My personal preference for any kind of seafood cake is always breakfast or brunch, with eggs fried or poached and a hash-browns casserole or garlic/cheese grits. As nice as these things are, they don't have the heft to serve as the center of an elaborate meal, but if you wanted to present a multi-course "shore meal" with these cakes, broiled mushrooms with smoked-oyster stuffing, grilled fish and things like that you could certainly have a lot of fun with it.

      1. In summer asian slaw - I've got lot's of recipes if you want some... simple to complex
        In winter stir fry - same for the stir fry (well, not recipes, but some suggestions for flavoring)

        1. any seasonal green (or not) vegetable and a rice pilaf are quite nice with crab cakes.

          1. All of the prior suggestions are great (especially the aparagus and home-made french fries, which are favorites of mine).

            If you're thinking of something else, how about a cucumber or fruit salad, sauteed or fried zucchini, fried okra...

            Maybe some risotto or hush puppies. Biscuits or cornbread...

            If you have access to good tomatoes, how about a caprese salad? That always says "summer" to me, but it's so delicious and would go nicely, I think .

            Mmm, now I'm thinking about crab cakes :)