Making these yummy crab cakes was the first real cooking I've done since my hip replacement four weeks ago. Though I'm still hobbling without my cane and can't bend to the floor yet, I'm pleased as I resume more and more regular activities.
Classic Crab Cakes
Serves four (2 crab cakes per serving)
1 lb. jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives or parsley
1-2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. olive oil
Lemon wedges for serving
Drain the crabmeat, if necessary, and pick through for shells.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Gently fold in crab until well combined.
Fold in the breadcrumbs and chives being careful not to over mix. (it should still be somewhat loose)
Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.
In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Cook until dark golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Flip the cakes, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.
Some snapshots of my progress from walker to cane with my walking partners and encouragers.
Getting out of the house each day really helps clear my head. I began driving at day 17 post-op going for short trips. Met up with my childhood next-door neighbor and lifelong friend for lunch and walking one day. Enjoyed a wonderful reception and opportunity to personally congratulate Kelsi Worrell on her Team USA Olympic swimming gold medal. Kelsi was even able to speak at church the following morning before heading back to college the next day.
I had my two week appointment with my surgeon for staple removal (and a hug). I am walking at home without the cane but still use it whenever I leave the house. Now at 4-weeks post-op, I am working on a smoother stride without the cane, balance, stability and confidence :)