Thursday, July 21, 2011

Flank Steak Marinade

I dabble with the idea of becoming a vegetarian, and then we have this, and I am so torn.  We love our flank steak and this marinade is so delicious.   I think this is our favorite BBQ meat dish.  It's a wonderful way to start a camping trip too.  

Before we bought our trailer, we did a lot of tent camping.  It's always so much work that first day to set up camp that I dread making dinner.  The flank steak makes my day so much easier because I get it started in the morning, double bag it, pop it into the cooler and once camp is ready to go...I turn the heat up and grill!  Very easy!

I usually buy our flank steak at Sam's or Costco.  I find the price to be much better.  Almost like your getting two for one.  My family of 5 will eat 2 flanks.  I try to fill them up with other side dishes, but they want their MEAT!  We never have leftovers.  ENJOY

I am going to provide two recipes: the original and a Gluten/MSG-free version.

Recipe: Flank Steak Marinade (THE ORIGINAL)

1.5 pounds of Flank Steak
1 can of Beef Broth
2 bunches of Green Onion
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/3 cup of Soy Sauce

You want to cut your meat across the grain into strips.  My strips are usually 1 inch thick and wide.

In a large storage bag or bowl, combine all ingredients.  Marinade in the refrigerator for at last 4 hours.

Remove the bag, grab some tongs and a bowl.  Make sure you spray your grill with oil so that the meat will not stick.  Grill the flank steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side.  We don't like ours well done.  There should be some pink in the middle.

Gluten/ MSG Free Marinade Recipe

I used this recipe to marinate 3 pounds of Flank Steak.  Adjust according to how much meat you have.

1/4 Liquid Amino Acids (this is a soy-based flavoring)
2 cups of water
3/4 cups of Tamari Soy Sauce (gluten-free)
1 T. onion powder or 2 bunches of green onion
2 tsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves of minced garlic
1 cup of brown sugar

Written by Sherron Watson

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fish Tacos and the BEST Sauce


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2020 UPDATE: I am just checking in. I still use this recipe and this sauce. We live at the beach now so our fish consumption is pretty high. ENJOY!

It took me about 20 years before I would even consider eating a fish taco.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love Fish. I love tacos.  Together?  I thought that was a train wreck waiting to happen inside my mouth.

So what changed my mind?  A wild hair.  I decided I was going to get it over with and try the taco's so that I could check it off my food list of things to try.  I am an avid researcher.  Before I do most anything I read and read and read.  I want to know what all of my options are before I set out to do anything.  This task was not any different especially since I was going to be eating it.  My mouth requires the best.  LOL

I learned several things to make this experience wonderful and, hopefully, one that I would want to repeat.

1.  FISH.  You must use the best fish that you can find and afford.
2.  FRESH.  Your fish should be the freshest that you can find.
3.  TYPE.  The type of fish you use, can make or break the deal.
4.  SAUCE.  The most important. It adds so much flavor to an already AWESOME dish.

I only use Halibut because it's not flaky or soft.  The fish holds up wonderfully under the frying.  I only use a corn meal or brown rice flour when frying because I want to taste my fish, not all of the batter that most places use.  I make the sauce in the morning so that the spices have a chance to BLOOM.

Fish taco's is something I would eat everyday if my family would let me.  LOL  I have shared this recipe with several family members who were not fans of the FISH TACO and they have been converted.  They love this recipe but most of all they all rave about the SAUCE.  It's very yummy!

Fish Tacos with a Cilantro Sauce

Read the whole recipe before planning on making the tacos.  The sauce is better if done in advance, although I have made it 30 minutes before dinner.

1-2 pounds of fresh Halibut.  1 pound will feed my family of 5 (2 tacos each)
1 small red cabbage
1 bunch of cilantro
corn tortilla's
Fish Fry Coating Mix ( I use Hodgson Mill GF mix)
2 eggs
1/4 cup of milk

Heat 2 T. of oil in a frying pan.  Prepare the fish by cutting into 2X1 inch sections.  Beat the egg and milk in a small bowl.  In a separate bowl, add your fish fry mix.  YOU HAVE 2 BOWLS.  Dip the fish in the egg/milk mix and then dip in your fish fry mix. You can re-dip for a second time if you wish.  Add fish to oil and fry on both sides.  The fish will cook fast.  I set them on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil.

Shred red cabbage very thin.  I coarsely chop the cilantro.  I like big leaves.  I also include the stems. They are soft and not bitter.

Fry your corn tortillas in oil. I use a small pan with oil and cook the tortilla's on both sides until soft, not crispy.

Prepare the sauce below.


½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup mayo…I like more to make it thicker
½ tsp lime
1 jalapeno pepper
1 handful of cilantro..I like a lot, I usually add more than a handfull
1 tsp onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp cumin…I add more of this too.  But taste the original first.
½ tsp chili powder

I combine all ingredients in a blender or small food processor. Blend until creamy, Cilantro is usually specks of green.  Make and let set in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.  It takes time for the spices to “shine”.  ENJOY!

Serve your fish taco's with a variety of side dishes.  You might want to try this guacamole recipe here. ENJOY!

Written by Sherron Watson

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Potato Skin Quiche

 WOW, what a day!  I woke up tired and could not find my energy until my kids went and got me a DR. Pepper.  Thank you kidlets.  Disclaimer: I drink one Dr.Pepper a month.  It's pretty much all that my family can handle me to drink.  It really makes me run on over drive...I talk way too fast too.

Yesterday I made gnocchi. I decided to bake my potatoes instead of boiling them for two reasons.  One, I wanted the skins for tonight's dinner and two, I did not want all of the water that my potatoes would absorb.  That's another blog post for next week.  I totally forgot about the skins and dinner came around and I was at a loss.  It's not often I don't have a plan or have it already made from that morning.  I opened the door and they're staring at me were the skins.  THANK YOU! hit me.  I had spinach, saw the eggs and cheese.  I was going to use the skins as my crust and make mini quiches inside each of those golden potato skins.  Seriously, my heart was fluttering with excitement..or it could have been the Dr. Pepper, no matter. I was on fire!  And so it mouth starts watering, I can't wait for it to be done and the anticipation of whether or not the family will like it.

Oh, they did!  My son ate 6.  This is a great appetizer, breakfast or dinner.  You could use so many fun things in the skins other than spinach and onion. Get creative!  OWN IT and make it yours.

Potato Skin Quiche

18 precooked skins, 9 whole potatoes total
1 cup of cheese.  I used 1/2 Cheddar and 1/2 Asiago
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup of spinach, chopped
5 eggs
1/4 cup of cream or milk
salt and pepper to taste

Bake at 425 degrees.

I used a cookie sheet to lay my skins on.  I liked this idea because they could rest on each other while baking.  Arrange your skins on the cookie sheet.

Add chopped spinach and diced onion.  Add cheese.

Mix egg and cream, gently whisk to mix.

Add the egg mixture to the potato skins.  CAREFULLY fill the skins.  The egg is slippery and will slip right off of the spinach and cheese.  I picked each skin up and slowly poured the egg inside.  You will spill and some will tip and drip.  The cookie sheet will get messy. It's ok because the skins will still cook just fine.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  You will know they are done because they will have risen and should be firm to the touch.

Serve skins with sour cream, salsa, guacamole or ranch dressing.

NOTE:  I used red and golden potatoes.  They were not very large.  I would say they averaged 4 inches long by 2 inches wide.  If you use larger potatoes, you will need to adjust the ingredient list to fill the skins. I figured it was one egg for every 4 skins.

Let me know how it goes for you and your family.  Also, I would love to know how you made these to fit your families taste.  Next time I might add asparagus or sauteed mushrooms.  YUM and ENJOY!

Jalapeno Bacon and Potato Salad

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During the summer we get invited to several BBQs where the same people are oftentimes invited.  We are asked to bring something and so we do.  The trick is keeping it interesting and not always serving the same thing.  We have our favorite standbys like fruit salad, watermelon, chips or guacamole.

I have to say that THIS is the one dish that I get ASKED to bring to BBQ's the most.  My question is, do they want me or my salad?..LOL  Just kidding friends, I know you want me and my family. But, yes this salad is a show stopper and really, really good.  I like that you can make it as hot as you think your friends can stand it.  We like it hot!

Jalapeno Bacon Potato Salad

This recipe will make enough to serve 6-8 people.  Adjust according to how large of a crowd you will be serving.

8-10 potatoes.  I use a variety of types.  Red, Russet and Golden.  I leave the skins on too.  I like the color.
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup of Sweet Pickles, diced
1 pound of bacon, cooked crispy and sliced into small pieces
jalapeno's to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of mayonnaise

In a large pot, add diced potatoes. Cover with water until potatoes are barely covered.  Cook until tender.  The time will vary depending on the size you dice your potatoes.  It usually takes me about 25 minutes.

While potatoes are cooking, dice onion and pickles.  Cook bacon.  We like our bacon crispy.

Jalapeno warning:  Be careful when mincing the jalapeno that you do NOT touch your eyes.  Using gloves can be helpful in this step.  I use jalapenos in the jar, but you can use fresh ones.  The seeds are what make it fiery hot.  You decide how HOT you want this to be.

Once everything is diced, cooked and prepared...add it all to one big bowl and stir.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Written by Sherron Watson

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Monte Cristo Sandwich

I first had this sandwich about 20 years ago while I was a manager for Bennigan's, a restaurant in Austin, TX.  I thought I would never eat anything else again.  I love every bit of this sandwich.  The ham, turkey, and cheese.  The powdered sugar and jam.  WOW...then deep fry the sandwich!  I know, it's deep-fried.  I have tried all types of Monte Cristo's through the years and I can tell you that the baked sandwiches don't taste like the deep-fried.

The last time I had this sandwich before I made them last week, was probably 5 years ago.  Obviously not being able to eat bread is a huge issue with this takes 3 pieces.  I have to say that I wanted this sandwich and was willing to experiment with my GF bread.  It worked!  I made my family sandwiches using traditional wheat loaf bread and mine with my flatbread.  There were happy faces all around.

The success of making this sandwich is to get it done early.  I try to make my sandwiches the night before or first thing in the morning.  You have to create a seal between the bread, meat, and cheese.  You will see in the pictures below what I mean.

I served it with Blackberry Jam for 2 reasons.  One, that is what I had (you know me, use what I have) and second, my kids do not like the seeds in raspberry jam.  I have to say it tasted just as good.  ENJOY!

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

For each sandwich you will need:

3 pieces of bread
3 slices of ham
3 slices of turkey
1 or 2 slices of Cheddar cheese
1 or 2 slices of Swiss cheese
Saran Wrap

A dusting of Powdered Sugar
Raspberry or Blackberry Jam

To Deep Fry:

Pancake mix ( I used a GF version)
about 2 inches of oil in the bottom of a large pot

When I make this sandwich, I decide how many I need and make them all together.  I lay my bread out, layer the cheese and meat and then stack.  Your layers will be: bread, swiss, turkey, swiss, bread, cheddar, ham, cheddar, bread...with me so far?  See pictures, it helps.

Before and after

Take a piece of Saran Wrap and place a sandwich in the middle.  You want to squish the sandwich and then wrap it tight.  The sandwich should be half of what you started with.

Place sealed and wrapped sandwiches in the fridge until you are ready to fry them up.

Make Pancake batter according to the box.  It should be thinner than the cake mix batter.  Add some milk/water to make it thinner. The mixes are all different.  Thick will work, but it adds a lot of bread to the sandwich.

Heat oil in pot.

Remove sandwiches from the refrigerator and unwrap.  Cut them in half, from corner to corner.  You should have a triangle.

Dip each triangle into the batter and VERY CAREFULLY add the triangle to the hot oil.  It will bubble up over the sandwich.  Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.  They should be golden brown.

With long tongs, remove sandwiches and set on bakers rack to cool.  Sprinkle each sandwich with powdered sugar and serve with jam.  If the cheese did not melt in the middle of the sandwich you can microwave for 30 seconds.

Most adults can eat a whole sandwich, but if served with something else you can plan on 1/2 per adult.  They are filling

Written by Sherron Watson

Cheddar Cheese Fondue

I have a few recipes that my kids ask for over and over, this is one of them!  We love cheese fondue.  Not just any fondue, this fondue.  It's made with cheddar and kids like this flavor much better than the traditional swiss.  I serve both when I host parties and oft times the adults like this one better as well.  I think the mild flavor served with fresh bread is always a hit with any age group.

I thought that this would be something that I would not be able to enjoy once I went on a gluten-free diet.  Thankfully it works great with a GF flour blend and I make my flatbread.  All of my guests love the bread and can't believe it is gluten-free.

Cheddar Cheese Fondue

2 C. milk...I use whole milk.
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp.  dry mustard
1 clove of minced garlic
3 T. flour (I use GF flour)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 T. water
6 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
**I use 3 cups of medium cheddar and 3 cups of sharp cheddar.  I have also substituted some of the cheddar for Swiss cheese.  Taste the fondue and make sure that you can "taste" the cheese, if not , add a little bit more cheese.  Cheese has different flavors and some are stronger than others.

1.  Combine the first four ingredients until just starting to boil; add the flour. 

2.  Mix baking soda with 1 T. water and add to flour/milk mixture. Cook and stir until thickened.

3.  Add all of the cheese at once.  Turn heat down and stir until well combined.  

 To reheat, either use the microwave or a saucepan on the stove.  Be careful not to burn it on the stove. 

 4.  Serve with apples and/or bread.

NOTE:  The baking soda blends the fondue so that it is smooth.  If you leave it out, it may look grainy and separate.

The recipe can be found here.

Written by Sherron Watson

Easy Guacamole

Gluten-Free Easily requested some yummy recipes with very few ingredients, this was the recipe I shared with her.  I have checked out the other recipes and they look awesome!  Go check them out.  You can find my contribution to her blog here.  I have also shared this recipe with my friend,  Chef in Disguise and her blog a few months back.

It was one year ago this week that my family and I did something CRAZY!  We sold all of our belongings, rented out our home and bought a travel trailer.  Destination unknown.....We set off towards Texas because my Hubster (that's what I call him) had some work options.  We landed in Texas for 6 months.  Texas is quite large and so we explored every detail...Gulf of Mexico, Austin, Dallas, East Texas and we drove through the west side.  During our travels we were introduced to lots of TEX-MEX and it was HOT, HOT, HOT!

We learned to eat a lot of foods that were not cooked.  Even with air conditioning, it was unbearable to heat up the trailer.  Our go-to food soon became fruits, salads, and guacamole.  We love avocados.  this is a recipe that I just recently made for our family.  It does not matter how much I make, it never lasts more than a few hours in our home.  ENJOY!


4-6 ripe Avocados
1/2 bunch of Cilantro
1/2 red onion, diced
1 tsp. fresh Lime Juice
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste

Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed.  Using a spoon, remove avocado and add to large mixing bowl. Dice red onion.  Add onion, lime juice, garlic powder, pepper, and salt.  I use 2 butter knives and cut the mixture in a criss-cross pattern.  We like chunky guacamole.  Continue until the consistency is to your preference.   I tend to have to add more salt to mine.   Serve with chips, on hamburgers or with salads.

Written by Sherron Watson

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter has been a favorite of mine for years.  My friend, Debbie, used to make these peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting that were so divine.  The recipe made a cookie sheet full and I was usually the one who ate most of them.  When I found out I could not eat wheat, I was so sad. Yet, my waistline was jumping for joy.  I have not made the recipe using a GF flour yet to see if it would even taste and bake the same...BUT, I will one of these days.

Today I was in the mood for something with peanut butter.  I found this recipe on several years ago and we have not looked back.   I like to take this recipe to parties and serve our guests in our home.  Everyone loves the flavor and the texture is perfect. 

My original thought was how does this flour and only 4 ingredients.  I have to say it's super easy and can easily be made by a kid-let with adult supervision.   I have to tell you though, that the organic peanut butter DOES NOT work.  I tried this today and the dough was terribly dry and grainy.  So, I did what any good wife would do, I sent my hubby to the store to buy some normal peanut butter and they turned out great.  I posted a picture of the two so you can see the difference.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of peanut butter. I used Jiffy.
1 cup of sugar.
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg.

1.  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Stir with a fork until well blended.  I use a cookie scoop to make the cookies into balls (I also like them to all be the same size).  I take a fork dipped in sugar and add the criss-cross on top.

2.  Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.  They should be golden brown.  I also line my cookie sheet with parchment paper so they will remove easier.  Let cookies cool on a cookie rack.

3.  The recipes makes about 20-25 small cookies (2 inches).  It works great for our family of 5.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Zucchini Puff Casserole

UPDATE 2020: We still eat this recipe at least once a month in the summer and sometimes in the winter. We love it!

It's summer and I can guarantee you that we will make this recipe at least 6-8 times before the zucchini surplus is over.  I found this recipe years ago in a cookbook.  I wish  I could remember the book, but all I know is the cover was a red and white check.  Any ideas readers?  LOL  

Everyone knows my love for cheese.  What I love about this recipe is it's easy, yummy and has the BEST cheese topping.  I wanted to post this recipe next week but I just found a blog hop on Julie's Eats and Treats and I want to participate.  I am here late Saturday night frantically writing up the post and recipe.  It's crazy how the foodie in me can get CRAZY excited about these little things in life.  But, they do make me happy...LOL

My oldest daughter absolutely loves this recipe.  It is her favorite.  I usually make 2 large pans and we eat it for every meal.  I have never tried the topping on any other veggie but I bet it would be just as yummy on any squash that you have in your garden or get from a friend.  ENJOY!

 Zucchini Cheddar Puff

2 lb. zucchini or yellow squash (sliced 1/4 inch thick) 7 cups
1 c. dairy sour cream
2 egg yolk, beaten
2 T. all-purpose flour (GF flour blends work well too)
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1.5 c. shredded Cheddar
3 egg white
4 T. seasoned bread crumbs (I use GF bread crumbs)
2 tsp. butter

1.  In a medium saucepan cook squash, covered in a small amount of water for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well and spread evenly into a 9X13 pan.

 2.  In a bowl combine sour cream, egg yolk, flour, onion, salt, and pepper. Stir in cheese. 

3.  In a bowl beat egg whites until fluffy stiff peaks form. Fold into sour cream mixture. Spoon onto squash. Mix bread crumbs and butter together and sprinkle over the dish. 

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

NOTES:  I like a lot of the "puff" on my zucchini, I have made the recipe 1.5 times and it works well.  This recipe heats very well in the microwave the next day.

Written by Sherron Watson

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Veggie Melts


Vegetables play a large role in our dinners.  Trying to come up with veggie foods that my kids will eat is challenging at times.  We eat a lot of melons, fruit salads, green salads, and sauteed veggies.  We like to eat these with fresh bread, quinoa, rice or homemade GF noodles.

This treat is something that my Mother-n-law use to make when we first got married.  I never forgot the flavor of the cauliflower mixed with the other veggies.  I have added different things in the past and this alters the original just a bit, but not much.  The other thing I do to try and keep it fresh is to change the dressing that I use.  Tonight I used a Caesar dressing.  In the past, I have used plain mayonnaise or Ranch.

The recipe is great as a normal sandwich too.  Especially if you live in a hot region and don't want to cook.

The bread that you see in the pictures is my recipe that can be found here .

Veggie Melts

1 head of Cauliflower, diced small
3 large carrots, sliced thin
3 stalks of celery, sliced thin
1/2 onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of salad dressing or mayo

Bread of your choice
Cheese of your choice

1. Dice all of the veggies into small pieces. Steam them in the microwave using a microwaveable bowl until they are firm but not crunchy.  Definitely not mushy.

2.  In a bowl add the salt, pepper and dressing or mayo.  Add the veggies when they are steamed to your liking.  Stir to blend.

3.  Slice the bread in half or use regular sliced bread, take some olive oil and brush on one side.  I broil this until lightly brown, add the veggies and broil until bubbling or lightly toasted.  Remove from the oven and add the grated cheese.  It should melt from the heat of the veggies.

The broiling is fast, so keep an eye on your oven and sandwiches.  ENJOY

I have also added zucchini to this.  My thought is the more veggies I get in the kids, the better. LOL

Written by Sherron Watson

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cast Iron Breakfast with Potatoes, Bacon and Cheese

There are so many things I love in my kitchen: rolling pins, whisks, graters, measuring cups and the list goes on and on.  So it is hard for me to pick just a few because they all play such pivotal roles in my kitchen.  My cast iron is treasured.  I love cooking with it.  It reminds me of using a "kitchen tool" that has been used for many, many years.  I feel a connection to all of the cooks from my past...Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers and on and on.

I will buy the worst looking cast iron at garage sales and flea markets and bring it home and restore it to it's natural beauty.  I will give it a beautiful black patina.  I give each of them the egg test.  If I can make an egg in it and not have it stick, then I have done my job.  This dish is the ultimate egg test because it combines eggs, cheese, potatoes and bacon.  

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I read an article that gave the easiest and simplest way to re-season your cast iron.  I used to slather it with Crisco and let it season in the oven for an hour and cool.  This took forever, heated up my house and did not always work the first time.  The new way is much easier.  They have you do it on the stove top.  I heat my skillet up, grab some tongs and a napkin, dip my napkin in the Crisco and melt it all over the inside of the pan, all while on the stove top.  I do this about 4 times and it's done.  My last two pans passed the fried egg test the first time.  

Skillet Breakfast with Potatoes, Bacon, and Cheese
The large skillet would feed 4-5 adults 

4-5 baked potatoes (a great way to use up leftovers)
1/2 sliced onion
1/2 sliced bell pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 pound of Bacon..cooked and diced
2 cups of cheddar cheese 
6 eggs for the large skillet 
1/2 cup of cream or milk

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees and put skillets in the oven.  BEWARE, they will get very hot!

2.  Saute the onion, bell pepper and garlic for 3 minutes in butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add eggs and milk to a small bowl and whisked together.

4.  Using a thick hot pad, remove skillet from oven and coat with butter. Layer your buttered skillet in this order:

Onion and bell pepper

5.  Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 400-degree oven.  The eggs should be puffy yet firm when touched.  See the picture below.  Serve immediately.  

...and after.

I think my family liked it!

I love how you can see the individual ingredients that create a wonderful flavor when eaten together.

Written by Sherron Watson

Friday, July 1, 2011

Maryland Blue Crab Cakes

I love crab.  With this said, it makes sense that I would come up with a crab cake recipe having just moved to Maryland.  The Blue Crabs are amazing.  They don't taste like any other crab I have tasted.  The crab comes in a whole slew of sizes.  They range from small to extra large.  The price for a dozen small can be about $40  and this is a lot of money to pay for long hours of cracking and digging...I tried it and, personally, I was fine buying the crab already "picked" fresh the morning of.

Everyone here has their "way" of getting the meat and will happily teach you the "right" way to do it.  At the restaurant we visited, I had two different people instruct me on how to remove the meat.  There was no thought to each of them about touching my food...I laughed about that for days.  They just grabbed a crab, cracked it open, dug the meat out and handed it to me to eat...OKAY then.  I love it here, and the blue crabs and people help make this place wonderful.
I visited a local seafood supplier and we started chatting about a gluten-free recipe for crab cakes. He mentioned they did not have much luck with the cakes staying together when cooking them.  I had a challenge...create a crab cake that stayed together when baked and tasted great.

I chose three different methods: crackers, bread, and almond flour.  I have to say that they each tasted really good, but I did have my favorite: crackers.  I loved the texture and flavor of the almond flour, but they did not look like a crab cake.  So, I used them to make the crab cake sandwich.  The crab cakes made with the bread were very delicate.  They were good, but I wanted something I did not have to worry about and baby sit.  I will share with you all three and then you can choose which one you would like to try.  I used one pound of fresh Maryland Blue Crab and this made about 60 small crab cakes.  I made my small so that they would not fall apart.  I can tell you that the cracker recipe will not fall apart no matter what size you make them.  LOL

You can see the size of the bread cubes I used and the size of the cracker pieces I added to my mixes.
This is how I tested this recipe. I made them all at the same size.  Little did I know that I created enough sauce for  a lot more crab cakes than I made..LOL  We learn as we go sometimes.

All of the crab cakes I tested by baking and frying them both.  I tried them flattened and in balls.  This is a huge debate in Maryland...flat or balls.  I liked them both, other than the fried, flat crab cakes were crispy on the outer edges and soft in the middle.  I like this texture combination.

I used the same sauce for all three recipes.  I will give that once and then you can add the filler of your choice.  ENJOY


This will make enough to be used with 1 pound of crab (3 cups).  If you don't have that much crab, then change measurements accordingly. I would also add the sauce a little bit at a time until all of the crab and filling are covered and able to form into a ball.  I know some people like theirs a little bit drier than others.

1 tsp. lemon
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce   (Lea & Perrins, in the US, its gluten-free)
1 T. prepared mustard.   I used Grey Poupon
1 cup of mayo
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp Bay seasoning. I used this sparingly, it's quite salty and I think develop a taste for this in time.
1 egg
1/4 tsp. onion salt
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Mix all of the above ingredients in a small bowl.  Add this to your selected bread/cracker/almond mix.

Cracker Mix ( My favorite and the easiest to handle)

1 sandwich-size baggie full of crackers.  I used gluten-free crackers from two brands: Glutino and Schar
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup green onion, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 cup of crab pieces, I used large lumps because I wanted them to show up in the pictures, you can use smaller lumps too..they are a bit cheaper.  Do not use artificial crab (this is not gluten-free), plus the flavor is not the same.

Break crackers up inside of baggie.  I did not smash my crackers, I wanted pieces.  Chop all of your vegetables.  I did not saute my veggies, I used them raw.  But if you would like to do this it should not make a difference in flavor but it will in texture.  I like a little bit of crunch in my crab cake.

Combine crackers, veggies and 1 cup of sauce (remember sauce above makes enough for 3X the recipe listed above). Using a piece of parchment paper inside a cookie sheet, shape your crab cakes into balls.

This is the bread mix, shaped into balls.
Bake:  preheat oven to 350.  Place cookie sheet in oven.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  The larger the crab cake the longer you will need to bake them.  The middle should be warm.

The crab cakes in the back are the almond meal mix and the ones in the front are the cracker mix.

Fry:  using a frying pan with 2 T. of olive oil, fry the balls on one side as a ball, then flip the crab cake and gently flatten the cake.  No need to go crazy and make a pancake, you still want some depth to the cake.  Each side should be golden brown.

Cooking the bread mix.  I fry the bottom first, flip, then flatten lightly.

Bread Mix ( Equally good, but a bit more sensitive to fry)

1.5 cups of cubed bread.  I used my gluten-free bread recipe here.
1/4 cup green onion, diced
1/4 cup of celery, diced
1/4 cup carrots, diced.  You can also shred your carrots, this makes the crab cake easier to handle.
1 cup of crab pieces, I used large lumps because I wanted them to show up in the pictures, you can use smaller lumps too..they are a bit cheaper.  Do not use artificial crab (this is not gluten-free), plus the flavor is not the same.

Combine all the above ingredients, add 1 cup of sauce.  When I formed my balls using the bread mix, I had to get my hands dirty.  I squeezed the mix together quite hard to form the ball, the sauce dripped on to the cutting board.  The balls formed nicely.

I would not bake these.

Fry: using a frying pan with 2 T. of olive oil, fry the balls on one side as a ball, then flip the crab cake and gently flatten the cake.  No need to go crazy and make a pancake, you still want some depth to the cake.  Each side should be golden brown.

Almond Meal Mix ( These taste awesome, but does not look like a traditional crab cake.  This is gluten-free.)

1 cup of almond meal
1/4 cup of green onion, diced
1/4 cup of celery, diced
1 cup of crab pieces, I used large lumps because I wanted them to show up in the pictures, you can use smaller lumps too..they are a bit cheaper.  Do not use artificial crab (this is not gluten-free), plus the flavor is not the same.

Combine all of the ingredients and add 1 cup of sauce.  This will look like a bread or cake batter.  I used a cookie scoop and baked them in the oven on a cookie sheet. Baked at 350 for 15 minutes or until done all the way through.  Watch your oven, they can easily be overcooked.  I also fried a few but they still needed to be baked on the inside...I only wanted one step to cook these.  If you want to fry them and then bake, go ahead.

Written by Sherron Watson

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