I’m so totally intimidated to post a recipe after the International Food Blogger Conference, considering the sheer amount of culinary and photographic greatness I witnessed and experienced last weekend.
But I’m doing it anyway [semicolon] want to know why? I’ll tell you: These Shrimp cakes turned out fabulous. So there.
After being away from my kitchen for — gasp! — 60 hours, I was all excited to come home and make some Whole Grain Crab Cakes. Sadly, though, the half-container of crab meat in the fridge had been there a little too long, and smelled, umm, how do you say? Ghastly.
Although it pained me to toss seven dollars’ worth of crab in the trash, it would have hurt a lot worse if we actually ate it, I’m sure. So, on to Plan B: Pull out some frozen shrimp* and make it work.
Well, these worked for me, and I hope they’ll work for you. Let me know.
- 3 slices 100% whole wheat bread
- ½ pound (8 ounces) shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1 tablespoon toasted walnut grapeseed oil
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup peas
- 1 egg, lightly scrambled
- 1 tablespoon kefir
- ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Hop Kiln Winery Cognac & Pepper Mustard (or any mustard)
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Hop Kiln Winery Toasted Walnut Grapeseed Oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for frying the cakes
- Put the bread in a blender or food processor, and chop until you’ve got fluffy breadcrumbs. Set aside.
- In a nonstick skillet, sauté the shrimp in 1 tablespoon of the toasted walnut grapeseed oil (if they’re frozen, thaw them before cooking). Stir occasionally, and grind a little black pepper onto the shrimp while they’re cooking.
- Once the shrimp are cooked through, drop them on a plate too cool briefly, and then chop them into small, marble-sized pieces. If the peas are frozen, toss them into the still-hot pan for a minute or two to thaw them.
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together (excluding the olive oil). Heat your skillet back up over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil.
- Shape the mixture into 2" patties, and gently set them in the pan to cook. They crumble easily, so be careful. Once they’re brown on one side (about 4 minutes), turn them over. Cook until that side is brown (another 4 minutes or so). Because of the raw egg, be sure to cook them thoroughly.
- Serve on a bed of Kale, Chard, and Onion, or similar sautéed greens.
I wanted to add a side vegetable, and we had some Kale and Chard in the fridge. This is a quick, easy, and tasty way to get some high-powered veggies on your plate — and it complements the shrimp cakes nicely.
- ½ yellow onion
- ½ bunch kale
- ½ bunch red chard
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Cut the kale and chard into 1" strips, removing the largest parts of the kale stalk. Dice the onion (in whatever shape/size you like).
- Sauté the onion over medium heat in the olive oil, until it begins to sweat, about 2 minutes. Add the leafy greens, and cook another four or five minutes, until the leaves have softened and cooked down. Stir in the hot sauce and pepper.
We’ve been doing our best to buy shrimp only from the USA. It can be hard to find (Bad Trader Joe! Bad!), but we’ve been pleasantly surprised to find it at Target, under their “Archer Farms” label.
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