Sometimes it just happens. You eat the same things over and over, just because. It is easier to stay in a rut than to jump the ditch and make a new road.
I felt it was time to experiment with a new-to-me ingredient. To explore. Be bold. Venture into the vast ingredients available to me. Well, maybe not that bold, but new ingredients are intimidating to me.
I have never purchased crab meat before and to be honest, I didn't even know what it should look like when purchased. I have had crab stuffed salmon and crab stuffed shrimp at restaurants. Both were yummy, so I decided to try my hand at crab cakes. I lightened up a recipe that I found online.
Lightened Up Crabcakes
2 T mayonnaise
1 t worchestershire
1 t mustard
1 t hot sauce
1 t Old Bay seasoning
sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
In a medium bowl, whisk all of the above ingredients well.
10 crackers, finely crushed
8 oz. lump crab meat
Mix the cracker crumbs and crab meat together, then fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Refrigerate for one hour.
Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Form the crab mixture into 4 patties and place in the skillet.
Allow patties to brown on first side and flip once. Cook approximately 3 minutes per side.
I will have to experiment more to decide my favorite side dish for the crabby cakes. I tried sauteed green beans with these, and they went well together. Just about any dish that goes with fish will probably be good for the cakes. I think the slaw that I had with the tilapia recently may be a good one to try next, or maybe some sauteed zucchini. mmm.
Ta-Ta for now! If you have tried a new food lately and liked it, let me know so I can try it too! And always...eat what you love and love what you eat!