In my quest to both be Giada De Laurentiis, and quench my unwavering craving for crab cakes, this morning, I scoured the world wide web for recipes. However, to no avail, I found NOTHING. I mean sure, there are about 10,000 recipes on Pinterest alone, but I just wasn’t feeling it…not a single one. Whether they were too fatty, or too complicated (truffle vinaigrette, really?!), or whatever, I found nothing that made my taste-buds twirl. SO, like a good Greek girl would do, I decided to create my own. For the first time ever, [drumroll please] I present to you, The Mediterranean Crab-cake!
Yield: 15 crab cakes
Time: 40 minutes
Crab meat – 1 lb.
Chives – a handful
Red Onion – 3/4 cup (about 1/2 of a regular-sized whole onion)
Bread Crumbs – 1 cup
Red Pepper – 1 whole
Egg – 1 large
Mayo* – 2 tbsp.
Dijon – 1 tbsp. (optional)
EVOO – umm, well it depends on just how mediterranean you want to get here.
Salt & Pepper – to taste
Lemon – a squirt here and there
1) Chop onion, chives and pepper as small as you possibly can (the smaller/thinner, the better) and cook on low-medium heat until the veggies sweat. I’d say 3-5ish minutes. Set aside and let cool.
2) While the veggies are cooking, beat the heck out of 1 egg, and blend the rest of the ingredients together (egg included). Once the veggies are “cool” enough, fold them into the mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste, and squeeze some lemon in for good measure (also to taste–I’d say about 1 tsp.) Dijon is a plus here, too!
3) Shape mixture into golf-size balls and pack tightly! If you want to get really fancy, you could measure each patty to be 1/4 cup. I prefer to go au naturel.
4) Drizzle some EVOO in a pan, and cook on each side until brown. [Be careful! Before you smush said balls into patties, make sure each side is lightly brown, so that the mixture doesn't fall apart.]
5) Serve on a pretty little plate with sliced lemon and a few sprigs of chives, and proceed like a BOSS.
* I use mayo made from EVOO, just because it makes me feel like less of a fatso, BUT, if you really want to get healthy, replace with Greek yogurt (Fage, of course).