Epicurious.com and crab cake recipes
I've been reading the Tried and True Recipes from Epicurious.com thread. It's lengthy with so many great suggestions for recipes to try.
I'm specificallly looking for a highly recommended tried and true crab cake recipe. A search of the website itself comes up with about 37 recipes and many are 4-5 star.
Can any of you help me narrow it down further by suggesting the one(s) you love on Epicurious or another site. Hate to waste expensive crab meat.
As many versions as I've tried, I always go back to the traditional recipe from Old Bay. When I want a good crab cake, this is the quintessential example.
Only tweaks I make are to substitute fresh parsley for dried, and to add a little lemon zest and hot sauce (Tabasco or Louisiana-style).....
I have made the Crab Cakes with Red Bell Pepper for years. I love this recipe - totally delicious. I do not put in hard boiled egg as my husband does not like it that way and I agree with him - totally not necessary and saves a few steps. I make the crab cakes a few hours ahead, form into cakes, refrigerate, and then, following suggestions from other reviewers, bake in oven. [Baked them at 325 for 15 minutes. Spoon some melted butter on them and increase the temp to 425 for 5 minutes. If you are making small cakes, cut time] I have served them with various sauces but they are fine just plain. I like this recipe because it uses no mayo, can be done ahead and baked in oven. Let me know what you think if you try them.
It's far from a traditional Maryland recipe, but even my family in Baltimore goes crazy for the Louisiana deviled crab cakes on Epicurious.com. It's hard to overstate how popular these are every time I make them. I made 50 for a party of 20 a while ago and they were gone in less than 5 minutes.