recipe help - crab cakes
We're putting together a special birthday dinner for a friend and I'm looking for a good crab cake recipe. Any suggestions? What to look for, what to avoid?
She's a native Marylander, but not a rigid traditionalist.
look for a recipe with little to no filler (breadcrumbs, cracker crumbs). I had a great recipe that baked rather than sauteed them, but can't find it now. Use fresh crab, not canned crab. Here are a number of other threads on this topic that you might find useful:
To please the Marylander, use a recipe that has Old Bay in it.
Using fresh crab is a good idea, but not always practical. Don't use imitation crab, thats for sure, but if you use canned, don't use that $2/can minced stuff like this
Get a good quality jumbo type like Philips.
The recipe on the back of the Old Bay crab cake mixture packet (not the can but the packet) is wonderful. Just add the packet to a pound of fresh crab meat (lump is worth paying for) and 1/2 cup of mayo. That's it. Form into patties and refrigerate for about an hour. Broil. The quality of the crab cake is totally dependent upon the quality of the crab meat. This one is a winner.
Follow the recipe that is on the side of the Old Bay can. You can't go wrong. All a Marylander would need.
Thanks for the links and the feedback, everyone!
(and trust me, imitation crab is not allowed NEAR my kitchen)