There's no need to limit delicious crab cakes to appetizer fare when they make filling dinners as well. If you can get enough of crispy crab cakes, which feature crab meat, crushed crackers or bread crumbs and several savory seasonings, incorporate them into family meals. Pan-fry the cakes in a little oil or bake them depending on your tastes and dietary needs.
Crab Cake Sandwiches
Crab cake sandwiches make casual dinners with a gourmet twist. Place plump crab cakes on fresh-baked buns. Spread your preferred condiments, such as spicy ground mustard, mayonnaise or creamy dressing, on the rolls and top the cakes with sliced red onions, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce or even avocado. Accompany the seafood sandwiches with homemade French fries and creamy coleslaw.
Summer Crab Cake Dinner
Treat guests of an outdoor summer dinner party to homemade crab cakes and the season's produce bounty. Make Maryland-style crab cakes using lump crab meat, Dijon mustard and Old Bay seasoning. For a kid-friendly variation, substitute ranch-flavored dry mix for the Old Bay. Fry the cakes to a crispy golden brown and serve them with juicy, sliced tomatoes sprinkled with salt and freshly ground black pepper and boiled corn on the cob topped with butter.
Crab Cake Salad
Balance out rich, fried crab cakes with a crisp garden salad for a well-rounded dinner. Create a gourmet salad using a blend of chopped greens, such as raddichio, escarole and endive. Mix in plenty of fresh vegetables, including sliced red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Toss the salad with your favorite vinaigrette or creamy dressing, and top individual portions with one or two crab cakes.
Crab Cake Casserole
Transform your favorite crab cake recipe into a convenient and delicious one-dish meal. Create a crab cake mixture using ingredients such as lump crab meat, crushed crackers, seafood seasonings, ranch-flavored seasoning mix, lemon juice, mustard and mayonnaise. Spread the mixture into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle it with shredded cheese, such as Parmesan, if you desire. The casserole will bake to a golden brown and pairs well with a garden salad topped with creamy dressing.