3.12.2010

Just as impressive as fried.

Many moons ago, i declared that everyone should have a meal that they make that impresses people.  Mine was crab cakes.  If you asked me today, i'd still say it was crab cakes.  However, just a few weeks ago, the meat-eater and i realized that despite our 1.5 year relationship, i'd never made him my famously impressive crabcakes.

and yet he still proposed 8 months ago.  shocking, i know.

Last weekend seemed like a good time to remedy the situation, but with both of us on pre-wedding diets, fried crab cakes just were not in calorie budget.  So i took that old tried & true recipe and started looking around to figure out how i could convert it to a baked dish to save on the oil used in frying calories...
it actually wasnt that hard and by the time i was done cobbling recipes together, i ended up with some super yummy, super easy and super low cal crab cakes!  score!

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Now that i think about it, if you wanted to save a few more calories, you could probably just use egg whites, but at 70 calories per crab cake, do you really need to?



Baked Crab Cakes
courtesy of me


5 tbsp panko (or plain bread crumbs)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp parsley (dried)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp cayenne


1/4 cup light mayo (not miracle whip!)
1 tbsp melted butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup carrot (minced)
1/4 cup onion (minced)
1/2 tsp worcestershire


1 lb crab


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Preheat oven to 350°
Line baking sheet with parchment (if desired - makes for easier cleanup!)


Mix first 8 items (dry items)
Mix next 6 items separately
Combine dry and wet mixes
Add in crab meat and mix


Form into 12 patties
Place in oven at 350 for 15 minutes
Flip
Place back in oven for another 15 minutes


Note:  i saw a suggestion to make them in a muffin pan, so i did.  While it did work well to make them even, they stuck.  A LOT. even with a huge saturation of olive oil cooking spray.  So you can take that route, but i think that, in the future, i'll just form patties and use the cookie sheet instead.

1 comment:

Love Cynic said...

YAY for new recipes! Its a damn shame its one I can't eat though. Where on earth do you get crab in March? I mean, I know you live in Manhattan and all, but, its not crab season yet!

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