August is coming to a close and what better a way to celebrate the tastes of late summer than with a crab feast? Prepare this crab cake dinner with tomato cucumber salad and cheddar garlic biscuits for a delicious seafood-themed evening with friends!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Maryland Style Crab Cakes
1 tbsp minced basil
3 tbsp mayonnaise
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
2 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning or seafood spice (this is to taste, use less if you don’t want the spice)
12 oz crabmeat, drained, flaked and checked for shells
4 tbsp olive oil
1. Mix together basil, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and seasoning.
2. Add crabmeat to mixture and toss lightly
3. Form crab into round patties. Place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Chill the patties in the freezer for 15 minutes, this will help them stay together when cooking
4. In medium-sized skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Place 2-3 crab cakes in the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until nicely browned.
5. Garnish with tartar sauce or lemon. Serve and enjoy!
**Cook’s note. Please be careful, as hot oil will splatter when the crab cakes are placed in the hot skillet to be cooked.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
1 pkg cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 tbsp minced basil
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Toss together your halved cherry tomatoes and diced cucumbers.
2. Mix together minced basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
3. Pour dressing over salad, mix lightly to combine.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
2 ¼ cups baking mix (like Bisquick or Jiffy)
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1. Preheat oven to 375, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the baking mix, cheese, and water. Mix until dough is just combined, if it seems too liquid add in a bit more baking mix- dough should be sticky.
3. Using a small scoop, place dough on the prepared pan. Dough will spread, so do not place the biscuits too close together.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. Combine the melted butter, garlic powder, salt, onion powder and parsley. Brush over baked biscuits immediately upon removing from oven.
Kris Schoels is the editor of Young Married Chic -- a blog devoted to baking, fashion, home decor and travel.