It is important to start the year off right. On January first our guests and ourselves slipped out of bed for breakfast. I boiled and baked some bagels, roasted some root vegetables left over from dinner the night before (Chelsea had made us a delicious beef stew), John cleaned up the kitchen, Ashley and Judah poured us all mimosas, and Derrek brewed us cups of coffee in his Chemex pot in the living room (as now the kitchen was overflowing). Along with bagels and roasted veggies, we had eggs, bacon, and potatoes left over from the night before (Ashley had made potatoes au gratin). Lastly, and perhaps most important for the new year, everyone was made to eat black eyed peas. Black eyed peas are to be consumed on new years day for luck and prosperity, and we could all use a bit of both.
It is my hope that all of our meals in the new year are as abundant and auspicious.
As luck would have it, my dad offered Nick and I some crab. As if we would ever turn down crab. I wasn't sure how we would eat the crab, seeing as Mondays usually leave me feeling less than inspired and it is so very hard for me to resist eating the crab right out of the shell. We did manage to fill a bowl with crab meat, and we decided to make crab cakes.
There are dozens of crab cake recipes out there, ours went like this:
Roughly a pound of crab meat
A few slices of green onion (I used the ends of the onions)
Salt & pepper to taste
A splash of white wine vinegar
A heaping spoonful of mayonnaise
Several tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs
I mixed all the ingredients together.
I then made small patties of crab on a baking sheet and popped them in the 500 degree oven for about 10 minutes. I decided to also fry a few cakes in bacon fat. both ways of cooking the crab cakes were effective and delicious. I mixed up a little spicy sour cream sauce for the cakes, though they didnt need anything, and we simply devoured them.
These crab cakes would make outstanding crab cake tacos, and I would highly recommend eating them that way if you can make it to a tortilla with enough crab to put in it.
Happy New Year!