I heard about this new brand of vegetarian “meat”, called Match Meat. They make fake chicken, crab, sausage, etc. On their website, you can put in your zip code and see where to buy them near you (I had nothing available near me), or you can buy them through their online store (I tried this, but shipping was very expensive). I ended up buying some from another website, but shipping was still pricey. I bought the ground chicken and the ground crab. I really wanted the pork, but it wasn’t offered at this particular store. So I decided to try the crab first, and looked up a good-sounding recipe. This one from Paula Deen got really good reviews. I subbed in panko instead of regular flour, and I omitted the cayenne. I mixed up everything and let it sit in the fridge a couple of hours. I swear, these looked like real crab cakes. Toby tried one and said wow, these could fool a meat eater. This recipe made about 10 crab cakes and we had ONE left over. I served them with some french fries and some grilled corn on the cob. This was really good, but it’s too expensive right now to have it in our regular food rotation.
(from Paula Deen)
* 1 pound crabmeat, picked free of shells (I used 1 package of Match Meat fake crab)
* 1/3 cup crushed crackers (recommended: Ritz)
* 3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
* 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
* 1/4 cup mayonnaise
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 teaspoon dry mustard
* 1/2 lemon, juiced
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* Dash cayenne pepper (I omitted)
* Flour, for dusting (I used panko)
* 1/2 cup peanut oil
* Favorite dipping sauce, for serving
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.