Good morning and Happy Saturday! My body is now used to waking up at 5AM and doesn’t realize it is the weekend. So, I finally got up about 6AM. I sense a nap coming this afternoon. Since they are calling for snow, might be perfect timing. Check out a picture of me and my favorite munchkin from last night!
Let’s talk crab cakes. The minute I saw this recipe for simple crab cakes on Abby’s blog, I knew I wanted to try them. As a reminder, I don’t cook. I really have never had a desire to cook. I can do eggs, smoothies, and salads. That’s about it.
Since Hubby and I both love crab cakes and these seemed super easy, I told him I was making dinner. I bought all of the items but the crab at the grocery store and hubby went to our local shrimp dock the day before to get the crab meat. While hubby was out running, I put out all the dry ingredients and got everything ready. While I made the crab cakes, he was going to make sweet potato fries.
I went down the list of ingredients one by one and added them to the bowl. I measured each one carefully. I swirled all the ingredients together before adding the crab – just like the directions called for.
Once I folded the crab in, it was ready to be made into 8 crab balls. Instead of using my hands, I decided to use an ice cream scoop. It actually worked perfectly.
I first put them on wax paper. We decided to freeze four for later and cook four that night.
Then I prepped the crab cakes for the oven. Now at this point an experienced cook can probably look at this picture and Abby’s picture and tell where I went wrong.
Crab and sweet potato fries sharing the oven. Another lesson I learned is that I probably shouldn’t have planned two items that needed the oven for one of my first real meals. We had to get a little creative with the temp and timing.
Voila! The final showing. Ignore the sweet potato fries, half the time they burn and the other half they don’t. Can you tell how WELL DONE the crab cakes are?
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I was supposed to use a GLASS baking dish and not the metal pan. Apparently that makes a HUGE difference. Luckily they were edible and when we cook the other four properly, I am quite certain they will be delicious. Hubby was so nice and encouraging and we both ate every bite. And, I didn’t set anything on fire.
The MOST exciting thing to come out of this is an opportunity I have been given. I have been invited to one of my FAVORITE restaurants to learn to make crab cakes from their chef. I have never been in a restaurant kitchen before. You can rest assured there will be a blog post (or two) about this.
Please share a cooking “disaster” or mistake you have made in the past!