Real Maryland Crab Cakes

With holiday time fast approaching, it’s a good excuse to splurge on some  Maryland Blue Crab. Lump – Jumbo Lump (the bigger the better!) – and celebrate with Crab Cakes. Nothing is as good. My final meal request.

This recipe is loosely based upon the famous Crab Cakes from Faidley’s, a landmark seafood restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, that sets the standard among those “in the know”.  While the marvelous atmosphere of the wharf cannot be replicated, the Crab Cakes are getting there!

Maryland Crab Cakes ala Faidley’s

1/2 cup mayonnaise                                            1/2 teas. Old Bay Seasoning
1 large egg, lightly beaten                                    1 Pound Lump Maryland Crab
 tbls. Dijon mustard                                             1 cup saltines – (20-ish) – crushed
1 tbls.Worcestershire sauce                                  1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 teas. Tabasco, or hot sauce                           Tartar Sauce (recipe below)

Stir together first 6 ingredients; fold in crabmeat, adjust spices to suit your taste. Add crushed saltines. Let stand 3 – 5 minutes.

Shape mixture into 8 cakes. Place waxed paper on baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking oil. Place cakes on sheet and chill at least 1 hour.

Heat oil in deep pan until hot (usually about 375 degrees). Drop cakes in 2-3 at a time and let fry until golden brown. Usually about 3 minutes. Remove and immediately place on paper towels to drain. Turn. Lightly salt.

For a perfect accompaniment prepare a delicious tartar sauce. A must!

                                                      Tartar Sauce

  1/2 cup mayonnaise                                                  1/2 juice 1 lemon 
   2 large Kosher dills, finely diced                            1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
                                   Mix ingredients together. Set aside.

Allow Cakes to cool a bit before serving to bring out the flavor of this dish. Along with the Tartar Sauce, a little extra Worcestershire adds a lot. Crispy baked potatoes or French fries, along with a dollop of cole slaw, make this the perfect meal!

***FYI – Be very careful when buying crabmeat. Often it looks like Maryland Blue crab, or Blue crab from the East Coast, but it is 9 times out of 10 it is imported from another country and tastes nothing like the domestic.
Read the container in the store super carefully. They will try to fool you, and you will be out of a lot of money and have an inedible meal. While the real deal is expensive, it is a lot cheaper than buying  an imposter and having to throw it away.

 

 

 

 

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