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October 27, 2008

Crab Cakes VECO (now with recipe)

Crabcakes VECO, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


A recipe I made to celebrate the conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens on seven counts of fraud today.

VECO is the name of the oil services company that got caught bribing Stevens. The name of the dish is my way of thanking them for taking Stevens out of service.

Recipe, by popular demand.


1 16-oz can pasteurized crabmeat (don't use regular canned crab)

1 beaten egg

Shichimi togarashi (Japanese chili pepper and black sesame seasoning mix) to taste

3-5 Tbs lightly toasted white breadcrumbs

2 small shallots, minced

2 Tbs minced chives

1 Tbs Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

All purpose flour for dredging

Canola or other neutral-tasting oil for pan-frying


1) Whisk together egg, spice powder, salt, and mustard in a medium bowl.

2) Open the can of crab and drain off any excess liquid, but don't rinse it.

3) Carefully pick the crab apart with your fingertips and scatter half of it it over the egg mixture. Try to leave some large chunks for texture.

4) Scatter the chopped shallots and chives over the crab.

5) Very gently combine the ingredients with your fingers, by scooping down picking up some ingredients and letting them fall back into the bowl.

6) Add the rest of the crab. I alternate the ingredients to make sure everything gets mixed together thoroughly.

7) Start adding the breadcrumbs, a tablespoon at a time, keep mixing. Stop adding breadcrumbs when the mixture just holds together. You may have breadcrumbs left over.

8) Divide the mixture into quarters and shape each into a hockey-puck-sized disk.

9) Place crab cakes on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

10) Dredge each crab cake in flour and pan fry over medium heat for about 3 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the flip side. (Watch carefully, these are very approximate cooking times.)

11) Drain on paper towels.

12) Serve with capers, grainy mustard, and mayonnaise.


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The Good News is one less opponent of Net Neutrality in Congress.

The Bad News is that Congress may pass a Net Neutrality bill which vaguely outlaws "unreasonable discrimination" instead of addressing the specifics of how ISPs must treat web traffic.

Yum! And huzzah!

Oh, come on Lindsay. You're gonna show this mouth watering shot of good looking food and not give us the recipe? Geeezz! We'd like to celebrate, too.

Superb !!!! He really made a laughing stock of us for too long. And the Inuit people who really did not need this shit. He and Palin. They are as double-screwed as Florida with jeb666 and george.
Yes, I think we must demand the recipe. Crabcakes VECO.


Excellent idea, and if on Nov. fourth, Caribou Barbie is sent whimpering back to Alaska with her tail between her legs, I'll make some salmon cakes. Then, for a second entree, something with an Arizona or Navy theme in honor of Flyboy McCain.

On the other hand if it's a win for the GOP, I'll have a bowl of cold Hanoi Hilton rice and cockroaches while I plan my escape.

If it's a win for the GOP, assuming this hasn't involved New York getting nuked, my girlfriend and I are going to perform Bomb Iran.


Consider adding a beaten egg white, Lindsay. The crab cakes may hold toghether better.

cfrost said:
"..if on Nov. fourth, Caribou Barbie is sent whimpering back to Alaska with her tail between her legs, I'll make some salmon cakes."

Tuesday's special will be barracuda sashimi.

Thanks, I am onboard with this thing except for the capers. They are like Lucifer's boogers and should be sent back to hell.

lucifer's boogers. LOL. I have mixed feelings about capers. They are excellent in some .. too pronounced in others.

Lindsay thanks SO MUCH for sharing all of that. I agree mudkitty.

(son avidly admires crabcakes and this photo had him going already)

Thank you!

If anyone is going to try this at home, adding a second egg white would be a good idea.

Capers are of course, strictly optional.

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