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Crabcakes & Football

It’s true. I live in the burnt orange city but I want everyone to know that no matter where I take up residence, I will always bleed purple. Not sure what that means? Let me put it in context for you. This Sunday the country will gather round the television to watch Super Bowl XLVII. Some will tune in for the epic brother vs brother coaching showdown, others for the commercials and to be honest, many just for Beyoncé. (That woman, I mean it’s just not fair.) But me? Oh I’ll be that crazy girl in the corner screaming “Go Ray-Ray!” (as in little Ray Rice, who is so skilled at breaking through a crowded scrimmage) as I root on my beloved Baltimore Ravens.

James in Baltimore Ravens jersey (Cultivate PR)

You see I grew in up B-More, hun. (For those that don’t know B-More is one way to say Baltimore, which pronounced with the local dialect really sounds more like “Bawl-more” and hun is our city’s most used term of endearment.) While I haven’t lived there in 12 years, Baltimore is superior when it comes to two things: CRABS and FOOTBALL.

So for many fellow Ravens fans in Austin (shout out to Sean Bradshaw, Director of Beverage and Food at W Austin) let me say, looking forward to representing Ravens Nation with you this weekend. And to all those rooting for the 9’ers….well, actually I don’t have anything to say to you. But for all those in between let me share with you a Baltimore recipe that any food lover is sure to enjoy. Make these as minis to share for the game and in honor of the Baltimore Ravens!

Real Maryland Crabcakes

Serves four lucky folks (4 oz. cakes or 12 minis)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices dried bread, crusts removed* I like to use crumbled Ritz Crackers instead for a rich, buttery flavor
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon OLD BAY® Seasoning * For those that can take the heat, get liberal here
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat * Bradshaw recommends the fresh lump at Central Market rather the kind pasteurized in the can. CM has crabmeat available for $16.99/lb
  • *I also add 2 teaspoons of French’s yellow mustard

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, break bread or crackers into small pieces. If bread, moisten with milk.

Add mayo, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, baking powder, OLD BAY, egg and crabmeat. Mix lightly and shape into 4 patties or 12 minis. If time permits, refrigerate patties 30 minutes to help keep them together when cooking.

Broil or fry until golden-brown on both sides.

George Clooney and Lindsey Kiebler in Ravens jersey

Fun fact: George Clooney's girlfriend Kiebler used to be a Ravens cheerleader. Just another reason to be a Ravens fan.