Crab Cake BLTs


Bacon is one of those foods that we don’t cook often, but when we do it is completely celebrated. We munch on the extra slices while we continue to cook. We freeze the bacon fat to use in future recipes (usually for making refried beans.) It’s probably a good thing we don’t keep it in the house often.


Celebrating bacon was a part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker Program for the month. Their partner Denny’s is celebrating BACONALIA, and featuring lots of bacon dishes on their menu. For my part, I made these crab cake blts. I love crab cakes, and I love bacon, so why not pair the two together? Tom Douglas‘ recipe seemed the most popular, but instead of his horseradish mayo, I made an Old Bay mayo. I thought it complemented both the bacon and the crab cake.


Adapted from Tom Douglas’ recipe

Crab Cake BLTs

Crab Cake BLTs

Ingredients

Crabcakes
¼ c red bell pepper, finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
12 oz. lump crabmeat
¾ tsp fresh lemon zest
¼ tsp Old Bay seasoning
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
¼ c dry bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs olive oil
Sandwiches
4 hamburger rolls
Tomato slices
Lettuce leaves
8 slices cooked bacon
Old Bay mayo (below)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the red pepper, celery, thyme, parsley, crabmeat, lemon zest, Old Bay seasoning, and tabasco. Break up lumps of crabmeat as you stir. Add bread crumbs a little at a time, and stir to combine. You may not need entire amount. Divide mixture into quarters, and form into patties.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Place crab cakes in the pan and browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and let the crab cakes rest for 5 minutes. To assemble the sandwiches, layer lettuce, tomato, crab cake, and bacon on a bun. Cut bacon in half if necessary so it doesn’t hang too much over the edge of the sandwich. Top with Old Bay mayo.
http://kokocooks.com/2011/04/crab-cake-blts/

 

Old Bay Mayo

Ingredients

¼ c mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp salt
Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
http://kokocooks.com/2011/04/crab-cake-blts/

 

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Sweet Comments:

  1. Wow. These look absolutely delicious. Adding them to the menu next week!

  2. Great ingenuity! I never would have thought of bacon with a crab cake but it makes perfect sense and I am sure the taste follows through. I ventured a bit off of the standard crab cake path myself and got creative – http://starvingkitten.com/2010/04/14/spicy-cilantro-and-green-onion-crab-cakes-asian-style-slaw/

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