In Maryland, steamed crabs are a big deal.  They are steamed up with a spicy local seasoning called Old Bay, and eaten in large quantities with big crowds around a picnic table covered in brown paper.  They are washed down with sometimes copious quantities of cold beer.

It’s a rare day when I can’t finish eating whatever crabs are in front of me.

On this occasion it was necessary to make some crab cakes out of leftover crab meat.   Maryland crab cakes are made with maryland crab.. or at least with some old bay in them.  These crab cakes were spicy with a little hot pepper, bell pepper, and sweet basil in them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (??) of fresh picked crab meat

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    Crab meat!

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced

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    Peppers and basil

  • 1-2 tsp old bay (to taste)
  • 1 egg

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    Eggs and Old Bay

  • 1 tsp spicy peppers, minced
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Fresh Basil, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl

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Crab cake mixture

Form patties out of the crab cake mixture and place on a lightly greased pan

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Crab cakes baking

Bake until golden brown on the outside.. about 15-20  minutes
These were a little spicy, so I ate them with a little greek yogurt.  Yum!!!

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Spicy Maryland crab cakes!

 

September 11, 2011