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Mock Crab Cakes (Vegetable Fritters)

September 14, 2011 | Vegetables

This past week I was testing a recipe for crab cakes that will be in the cookbook I’m working on – they were delicious, but even the scaled back quantity I made from the restaurant recipe yielded enough to feed 10 people. That’s turning out to be the single biggest challenge of testing recipes for the book: what to do with all of the food?! I hate wasting food, so since we were having friends over this weekend, I figured I’d serve the crab cakes then. But then I remembered, my one friend has recently turned vegetarian. I don’t mind cooking vegetarian for people, but I also know many people (my husband included) will think the menu is incomplete without the meat.The other thing is I kind of like the overall dinner to hold together as a single theme instead of having one set of dishes I’m serving to most of the group, then a separate meal for the vegetarian. It feels like you’re drawing attention to them – or treating them like they should be seated at the kids’ table or something. So, an easy fix is to have a vegetarian and protein based version of the same thing: crab cakes. The rest of the meal was all vegetarian: Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro Puree (will be in the cookbook), a simple cabbage slaw, and Corn and Black Bean Relish. Everything was good. Everyone was happy. Success!

Mock Crab Cakes (Vegetable Fritters)
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Recipe type: Entree, Side Dish
Serves: 4 as an entree
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt, Greek variety is best
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, light or regular
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Southwest Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seafood seasoning
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs, or panko
  • canola oil, for frying
  1. Combine onion, celery, pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and seasonings in a bowl and stir to combine. Stir in eggs, then stir in bread crumbs. Shape into 8 patties and fry over medium heat in ¼ inch of oil until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with tartar sauce or roasted red pepper aioli.



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  1. I love this! I also like the idea of incorporating vegetarian into every part of the meal, instead of making the person stick out. As a meat eater, I know it’s not easy to satisfy everyone in a situation like that. These ‘crab’ cakes look great, and I can’t wait to serve them to my ‘must have meat’ family!


  2. I can definitely see how the mock crab cake name came to be with the old bay, red pepper and yogurt. They sound wonderful. Hope the book is going well.


  3. I love this idea and though I don’t eat a ton of meat I have a bit of meat burn out at the moment. Would love to get back to satisfying, flavorful vegetable-based meals. Going to check your Zucchini Casserole next! Loved your balsamic vinegar comment on my Ratatouille AND the spice suggestion on Karen’s blog post. Genius.


  4. These look great! I just made some zucchini fritters that reminded me a lot of my mom’s meatballs! I found your blog through your squash recipe on the Door To Door Organics website. I can’t wait to check out all you’re offering here. Looks fantastic and love that you’re local!


  5. I enjoyed the mock crab cakes a lot. A fast way to get in a
    variety of veggies in one patty. Add a small salad or steamed veggies and you have your meal. Going to try the zuchini chips again. Hope I am a success this time. Thanks for the wonderful recipes. Judy in Virginia


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