Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sinful Bayou Crab Cakes + Cream of Crab Soup

Tis' the season for crabs in Cajun country and here are a few of my favorite Cajun crab recipes that even the Chesapeake Bay cannot compete with. And after having lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for many years, and eating more than my share of Maryland crab cakes and crab soup, I can honestly say that. But of course, here I am using fabulous Louisiana blue crabs. These are a delectable combination of both worlds, combining the best of each. Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

 Sinful Bayou Crab Cakes

1 lb. lump crab meat
1/2  sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
2 tbs.'s mayo
1 tsp. Creole mustard
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Few shakes of Tabasco
1 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

2 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped
Butter for frying

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients, except crab meat and bread crumbs, in large bowl, and mix until well blended. Fold in crabmeat and toss gently, until blended. Make into cakes, roll in breadcrumbs, and fry in butter, in a cast iron or heavy skillet, until browned. Makes 4  Sinfully delicious, especially when served with my Creole Tartar Sauce. Click here for recipe.

And here's another crab delight that I acquired from my church on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is just heavenly and is so easy to prepare. I have added my own tweaks and like to make it to go along with the crab cakes. Divine! Bon appetit!

Cream of Crab Soup

1 lb. lump crab meat
1 pint half and half
1 pint milk
1  cup seafood stock
1/2  stick butter
1/2 cup flour
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery. diced
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. Old Bay
Salt and Tabasco to taste
2 tbs.'s parsley, chopped

Make a light roux with the butter and flour.  Melt butter, add flour and stir continuously in a large heavy pot on low heat, until smooth. (about 5 minutes) Add onion and celery and continue to cook and stir for 5 minutes. Slowly add seafood stock and seasonings and stir until thickened, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in half and half and milk. Add crab meat, parsley, and seasonings, and cook on low heat until thoroughly heated through, but do not boil. Top each bowl with a teaspoon of sherry before serving, if desired. Divine!

Serve with a fresh side salad with my jalapeno ranch dressing and french bread for a delicious summer meal. This is one of my favorite salads and dressings.

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
2 Creole tomatoes, chopped
8 strips bacon, cooked crisp, and crumbled, optional
Makes 4

For my Jalapeno Ranch Dressing recipe, click here.

I'll be sharing these at ~

Cast Party Wednesday ~ These Chicks Cooked ~ What's Cooking Wednesday~
Tasty Thursdays ~ Full Plate Thursday ~ Fresh Food Friday ~ Show and Tell Friday
Saturday Night Special ~ Amaze Me Monday

I would like to extend a warm welcome and thanks to my new followers. I am so happy to have ya'll along.  Please leave a comment so I can return the visit and the follow. Hope ya'll are having a wonderful week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

Ha I made crab cakes for dinner tonight but they didn't make it for a photo. I think yours look better though and I'm not just saying that :)

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

You know that gal loves some blue crab for sure! These recipes sound marvelous, of course!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Looks delicious indeed . . .hope it does not make me walk sideways though, or too sinful LOL. You create such mouth watering recipes . . . so varied and so many. What, but no music treat this time!! Cheer cher, Eddie

Dee said...

I'm not a seafood person but hubby would love those crab cakes!

Linda Starr said...

I love crabcakes and that soup looks pretty sinful too.

judi/Gmj said...

crab soup! yummy. YOur looking good, and cooking in the heat?, fantastic brave woman!!

Jeni said...

MMMMMM!!! I love some good crab cakes and that soup sounds terrific too. I can't get my daughter though to even think about trying anything with crab meat -such a non-adventurous diner she can be at times. I think my son's probably the only one of my kids who would join me in eating either of those things. I don't even think about trying to get the two little grandkids to try something THAT new to put some excitement into their eating as those two are entirely TOO stubborn as yet. But I am going to have to try these items sometime when they aren't around but maybe my son is home from driving all week as I know he would definitely be up for the tasting challenge. (I do hate to cook stuff just for myself, ya know -interesting new foods deserve someone to share them with!

Honey at 2805 said...

I would love to get sinful with your crabcakes, topped off with one of your fabulous deserts! Merveilleuse!

Rita said...

Love crab cakes and your recipes are really interesting and I found some Old Bay seasoning.

A Kitchen Witch said...

Whoa, momma! This dinner is begging for me to make it tonight. Looks like I'll be making an impromptu trip this morning. I've been craving this kind of soup for weeks and you've just sealed the deal for me. Can't wait to dig in. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

Those might be the most delicious looking crab cakes I have ever seen!

John said...

Buying a fresh crab tomorrow, but suspect it will be eaten from the shell with toasted sourdough bread. Another recipe of yours for my collection!

cookingwithgas said...

just pass to the right- I luv crab!

Michelle B said...

I like the way you think, pairing crab cakes with crab soup! can't ever have too much crab!

The cakes look perfect.

ellen abbott said...

The crab cakes I am definitely going to try.

The Harried Cook said...

Bookmarking this one... I can never resist a good crab cake recipe! Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

The Fajdich Times said...

Everything looks so good. I can't wait to try your crab soup:)

kitchen flavours said...

I love crabs! Never tried cream of crab soup before! Wish I live next to you! :)

Marguerite said...

FG- lol, It's the taste that matters, right? Thanks for the compliment and you're welcome!

Mary- So good to hear from you! Thanks, so glad you like them and hope you try them!

Eddie- lol, Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! Stay tuned, I'll be posting one soon. Cheers!

Dee- So glad you're back, cher! Thanks, hubby would definitely love these and I hope you try them!

Linda- Thanks, these crab cakes and soup are both, out of this world, and I hope you give them a try!

Judi- Great to hear from you, cher! Thanks, so glad you like them! Both are very easy and only take 15 minutes to prepare. Thanks for stopping by!


now, how yummy are those crab cakes! and they so remind me of the salmon croquettes that my mother used to make - even down to the crumbled saltine crackers! and always with these we had a fresh juicy red tomato and lettuce salad - or - as i love, a sandwich of one with hellman's mayo - is there any other kind? - thanks so much, lady - have a fab weekend!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

So wonderful to find your delicious blog! These crab cakes look just amazing...love the crispy crust and the touch of spice. New follower :)

Noelle said...

Wow, these look delicious!

Unknown said...

Mmmm! Delicious! I'm your newest follower from the hop. :)

Tammy said...

I want that cream of crab soup right now...I am bookmarking that recipe. I love creamy soups...yum! :)

Thanks for linking up with us for the bloghop...I am your newest follower...Have a great weekend! :)

Elsa said...

Oh I want to try this. Finding crab where we live is difficult, but I will search.

Heidi said...

Mmmmh, those crab cakes look so delicious; thanks for the recipe. Your pics are beautiful. Have a great weekend.

The How To Mommy said...

Those all look great, but I really want that soup! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays!

Abby said...

Your crab cakes are gorgeous. I'll have to make these for my crab loving husband.

Amanda Joy Petersen said...

My great grandparents are from the bayou, by way of Gonzales, LA. I love when my granny makes southern food, though some I still can't bring myself to eat:)

I am so excited that you joined our Mingle With Us Blog Hop. I look forward to following each other's blogs:)

Amanda Joy

Treat and Trick said...

Your crab cakes looks perfect and appetizing also love your crab soup with that colorful salad. Have a great weekend...

Victoria said...

Those look delicious! I can't wait to go through your blog a little more to see what other recipes are there!

New follower from Tasty Thursday blog hop!

Miriam said...

You always have awesome recipes that bring me back home! Crab cakes were always one of my favorites. Havea fab. weekend :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness. I will have to try this soup soon.

Marguerite said...

Jeni- Thanks, this soup is totally scrumptious and I do hope that you will make it for your son. You'll be glad you did! :)

Honey- Thanks so much for the sweet compliment, cher! So glad you like them! They are sinful and I hope you try them!

Rita- Thanks, these are best crab cakes and I hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by!

KW- Thanks, cher, so glad you want to try these! They are both "off the charts" good! You're welcome! Enjoy!

cajunlicious- Merci for the nice compliment, cher! They are fab and I hope you make them!

John- Not sure I know how you will prepare it, but glad you like the recipe! Thanks for coming by!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
I called Honey Bunny in to look at your food and I said well choose what you want, he said "why can't we have it all", I agree. The crab cakes and soup look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end.
Miz Helen

Candace said...

There isn't anything better to me than a good crab cake and yours look absolutely amazing. I wonder if I can find good crab meat in New Hampshire. You have made me hungry!

Magic of Spice said...

Love the crab cakes of course and that creamy crab soup...Oh my! Absolute deliciousness all around! Then your jalapeno ranch dressing, well you know how I love that one :)

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog site and I love it!! I have gone through a lot of your old blogs, just looking at your recipes and I have actually teared up a couple of times - your recipes are so like my grandmothers!! The etoufee, roast, and gumbo -

Thanks for a great blog!! I sent it to my brother so he could also look it over.

Cheryl Trahan

Sarah K said...

The crab cakes sound delicious, I'm definitely going to try to make them soon! And I just read you're from Lafayette! That's where I'm from and spent most of my life! I miss southern Louisiana so much now that I live in the Midwest, which is why I'm so glad I found your blog! It reminds me of home! Thanks for the recipes girl, keep 'em coming! :)

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
I hope to see you there!

Miz Helen said...

Congratulations Margurite,
You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your feature and have a great week end!
Miz Helen

California Girl said...

I have a fool proof crab bisque recipe from Joy of Cooking. It's wonderful. Not as rich as this. I'll try yours next time as I LOVE CRAB SOUP.

Unknown said...

Do you use real or imitation crab for 4the soup

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
It's been a long time for me coming over to see all your new Yummy Cajun Delights your Crab are so Yummy.I am hoping you and your family had a wonderful Easter Sunday.
God Bless you always.

mfrumento said...

I made the cream of crab soup and it's delicious! How many days is it good to keep in the fridge?