Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland crab cakes are considered to be the National Food of the Preakness Stakes, the 2nd jewel of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing which is a popular horse race done on the third Saturday of May, yearly. Obviously, crab cakes (CCs) are an American dish since they originated from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland and also in the city of Baltimore. These are widely-known most especially in the Mid-Atlantic States, the Gulf Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northern California Coast, all of which are rich in crabbing industry. On both the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, a popular and very common ingredient for CCs is used which is called the endemic Dungeness crab. These are served on various high-end restaurants and coffee shops throughout the region.

A CC is, of course - made of crab meat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, eggs, and milk. It also includes various sorts such as red or green pepper, yellow onion, and pink radishes, and they can be sauteed, broiled, grilled, smoked, or deep fried. Maryland CCs have two kinds - the Restaurant and the Boardwalk. The Restaurant CCs are also known as gourmet CCs for the reason that they are served without binder or filler, and are made of all-lump crab meat commonly served on a platter or on an open-faced sandwich. The Boardwalk, on the other hand, is just the common, breaded, deep-fried, and stuffed with various sorts of ingredients type.

These CCs differ in size, like that of a small cookie, or as big as a hamburger. They are also sometimes served with tartar sauce, remoulade, ketchup, or mustard. They say that any kind of meat crab will do when it comes to CCs, however, the meat of the blue crab is said to be traditionally used because it tastes the best of all. These blue crabs are natives of Chesapeake Bay, which is one of the main reasons as to why Maryland crab cakes are the best.

One might think or prefer to order a pie or a creme brulee instead of getting a CC for some reason that they just can't stand the thought of turning crab meat into cakes. What kind of taste will it bring when you mix crab meat, with bread crumbs and onions? It is indeed weird if you are to hear about it for the first time for the reason that crabs are just plainly eaten as crabs, dipped in vinegar or other spices, and most definitely not with bread crumbs. What most people do not know is that once they get a taste of it, and the next 3 or four bites, they will most likely be coming back asking for more. It has this different taste to it, that certain tanginess, that one tastes that lingers on. People who refuse to eat CCs do not have the slightest idea of what they are missing. And that is the reason as to why there is this simple write-up, to somehow serve as enlightenment to some, and a wake-up call to most.

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