East Coast vs West Coast
My wonderful friend Michelle (who is newly engaged-yeehaw) sent me a can of her favorite canned crab in an Oregon care box. I set the can on the shelf in the pantry saving it for just the right moment. I know that Michelle thinks that I forgot I promised to make some crab cakes. Well last night I did just that. I decided that hubster and I would do a taste comparison of east coast crab to west coast crab. I used the same ingredients and here is what it looked like...
The blue can on the top is Michelle's crab and the tub on the bottom is mine. Michelle's was four ounces and mine was a full pound but the recipe was scaled to fit each correctly.
Here are all the ingredients gathered up and ready to go. I thought that four egg whites was way too much for the pound of crab so I did only use three and the fourth one was for Michelle's crab.
Everything was chopped, minced, whipped and then folded together. The patties were formed and the cakes were lightly fried in canola oil (please do not mention the okra disaster).
Here are the two cakes that I got from Michelle's crab and then these are the ones that I got from my tub of crab...
I thought that a bottle of wine would round out the rest of the meal nicely so I picked a bottle ($10-I am totally a BIG spender-LOL!) of Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2004 Pinot Grigio. It went really well with the dinner and hubster said he liked it better than the oakey Chards that I usually pick.
We had cole slaw (yes, he did go to KFC for that), hush puppies, tarter and cocktail sauce. I was stuffed and felt like the whole dinner was a success. Now for the taste taste results. I am a huge crab lover. I would almost rather eat crab than lobster. I said almost.
So hubster and I tasted each tasted the west coast cake first (company from Oregon always goes first) and then the east coast crab. We both decided that the west coast crab was sweeter than the east coast. The texture was more stringy and even looked more translucent than the other crab. So we think we need a larger sample and might just have to go to Oregon to eat some more to continue our research.
My best wishes to Michelle and the Loving Boyfriend for a lovely wedding in the spring no matter which coast they choose. I have bookmarked all the airlines to book my reservation to attend the wedding. Can we please put in a vote for Hawaii? I need to scuba dive, bad!