Easy Weeknight Crab Cakes: My Chesapeake-Style Crab Cake Sandwiches with Lemony Mayo!

/ Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ever feel burger-ed out? No, me neither. But if you're in the mood for a summer meal that's a little lighter—maybe something that makes you feel like you could be seaside, drinking a cold beer with perfect beachy waves in your hair even though it's a boring Wednesday night—give these easy crab cake sandwiches a try!

The key to perfect, restaurant-quality cakes is all in the ratio. You want plenty of crab, not too much filler. You want 'em loose! You want 'em crabby! This means you'll have to do a good job pressing/molding each patty (since there isn't all of the junk holding things together) but it's worth it, trust me.

Here's the deal: Crab meat isn't inexpensive, especially when you buy good-quality pasteurized crab lump meat (which makes this recipe so incredibly easy and delicious). Life is about balance, though, right? You'll spend a tad more on ingredients for this dinner so offset it with a few super budget-friendly meals, like this Potato Chip Omelet, remember that!?

I served these sandwiches for dinner tonight and boyfriend seemed real pleased. I believe, "you should do this more often" was his exact phrasing. That's a good sign if you ask me! Any-whoo. I hope you enjoy the recipe—let me know what you think! xo
CHESAPEAKE STYLE CRAB CAKESSERVES: 41 pound lump jumbo crab meat, picked over6 potato hamburger buns2 scallions, white and light-green parts, thinly sliced1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 6 to 7 dashes hot saucePinch of salt2 to 3 tablespoons butter
1. Using your hands, mix the crab, 2 hamburger rolls, torn into small pieces, scallions, egg, mayonnaise, Old Bay, hot sauce and salt until combined and crab breaks up a bit. Firmly press and pack crab mixture into 4 to 6 patties.2. Heat the butter in a large skillet until foaming. Add the patties and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side (carefully flip using a fish spatula or other long metal spatula). 3. Sandwich crab cakes in remaining 4 hamburger buns (brushed with butter and toasted, if desired) with lemony mayo (recipe below) and Bibb lettuce, if desired.
LEMONY MAYO Put a large scoop of mayonnaise in a small bowl. Add the juice of half or 1 whole lemon (depending on your preferred tanginess), a pinch of salt and a little freshly ground pepper and stir until smooth.

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