CEimB: Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar

by Joanne on December 24, 2009

The REAL Crab Crab Cakes

The Thursday before Christmas. Christmas Eve. Well, we aren’t having these crab cakes tonight. We had them last week and last Saturday.  The recipe was chosen by Lauryn of Bella Baker Blogspot.   There are some great things cookin’ over at Lauryn’s so make sure to visit her site.  In the meantime, this was our experience with crab cakes and the smarter tartar. Don’t you just love saying that?! tongue_out 

Saturday Edition: Pictured above, was the REAL crab.  I made small (about 2 1/2 ” round) cakes for our party. 

Wednesdays Edition:  Tuna Cakes with smarter Tartar.  We made 6 cakes out of the recipe instead of 8. 

The TUNA Cake

Follow the recipe on page 240 and 241 of our book, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger just like I did…except… 

I used Tuna instead of crab for the first version: 



I added Mezzetta Pepper Rings to both the cake and the “Smarter Tartar”: 


Lastly, I drizzled the top of the cakes with EVOO instead of spraying with cooking spray (is that even healthy?!). 

For the smarter Tartar (oh that just tickles me laughing),  I used all Greek yogurt (no mayo) and I used the Mezzetta Pepper Rings instead of the sour pickles.  

The result of the “Tuna Cakes with smarter Tartar”:   The cakes were a bit dry. The Tartar was great! 


Saturday’s Edition:  Crab Cakes with smarter Tartar, they were better.  More moist, different flavor (obviously).  Both versions were quite good and I would make them again but I think I’d add a little more ….oh, lets say Worcestershire sauce and spice?   That might be JUST the thing. 

Great pick, Lauryn!   

Happy Holidays, Everyone and, if you have time, visit this post and let me know your favorite ornament.  If you have a pic on the web, provide the link, if not, describe it.


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  • At 2009.12.24 10:07, Lauryn said:

    Thanks so much for cooking with me this me!! How clever to try these with tuna! They look great in both versions!! I am intrigued by those Minetta pickles – I’ve never heard of them! HAPPY HOLIDAYS and enjoy!

    • At 2009.12.24 10:22, Joanne said:

      Thanks Lauryn: Hey – great little poem on your site! http://bellabaker.blogspot.com/2009/12/ceimb-christmas-crab-cakes-finally-it.html

      • At 2009.12.24 10:48, Dawn Hutchins said:

        Those look delish. Have a wonderful Christmas!

        • At 2009.12.24 16:15, marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said:

          These tuna cakes with healthy tartar sauce sound so clean and yummy! Must try them. I like the addition of greek yogurt instead of mayo here. good stuff 🙂 Happy Holidays!

          • At 2009.12.25 22:58, pamela said:

            Oh, yum! Those pepper rings were a tasty idea. About the spray…I feel a little bit guilty each time I spray something with it. I know it can not possibly be good for me! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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