Sunday, August 13, 2017

BAKED VEGAN CRAB CAKES


Vegan Crab Cakes have been a popular item on the internet for a while. I remember when we first transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle just over 2 years ago. I found Hot for Food blog and saw a recipe for vegan crab cakes made from canned artichokes. It was pan fried and pretty good, but I haven't made them since. I don't find it necessary to fry things anymore and I can't eat fried foods so I come up with way to get that crunch without all the heavy greasiness, that would send me into a digestive pit of pain, and likely knock me out cold, sorry I got carried away. Anyway, I wanted a vegan crab cake with a little more "chew", baked and oil-free, and I could sneak some more nutrition into the kids, and hubby for that matter, ha. So, I looked around Pinterest and found a few made with chickpeas!! You know how I love Chickpeas they are a staple, and ALL my kids love them, so that should speak for its self. Side note if you haven't tried The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, pick up a couple more cans of chickpeas and make them, you will not regret it!!

I tested a few of the recipes but they all fell a little short, so I decided to wing it, since I have a few different things on hand, I went with it. Oh my goodness they were SO good. The Best Vegan Crab Cake better then crab cakes with crab for that matter. This batch made 12. I was hoping to save a few to see how they held up in the fridge and freezer. They had ALL BEEN EATEN! My picky 16 year old ate 5, that's right 5!! We all wanted more. I made another batch the next day just to see if maybe it was a fluke... ALL GONE, AGAIN! Ethan grabbed 2 before I had the table set. He was not taking any chances, ha! Scarlet was climbing the counter asking "you make, you make, you make?" She wanted them before they were even baked. She sneaks into the kitchen and taste tests with me. I'm happy my family has embraced this lifestyle with me. Thanks guys your the best!
I know, I know get to the recipe Des, ok here's what you need:


Ingredients:
1 can Chickpeas
1 can quartered Artichoke hearts
1 large or 2 small celery stalks 
1 sheet Nori (optional) it does add a hint of the sea, it's not super over powering but if you don't like nori it's not a deal breaker.
2 teaspoons Garlic powder 
2 teaspoons Onion powder 
1 Tablespoon Old Bay (this is what makes the crab cake in my opinion, this is not optional)
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley 
1 teaspoon Dried Dill
Add the next ingredient
1/4 cup finely dices Red onion
1/8 cup dices roasted Red pepper 
Zest and juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard 
2 teaspoons Soy sauce (if I had Vegan Worcestershire sauce I would have used it)
Few dashes of Franks hot sauce (use your favorite hot sauce, and you guessed it, it's optional)
1 to 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs (some are not vegan so check I use this brand) 
Black pepper to taste
Coating:
1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons Garlic powder
2 teaspoons Onion powder
2 teaspoons Old bay Seasonings
salt to taste (optional Old Bay does have salt)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a food processor add Chickpeas, Artichoke Hearts, and the Hearts Of Palm, celery, rip the nori into small pieces and toss it in to, and the spices. Pulse ingredients until a shredded "crab" type consistency. Then add it all to a bowl along with everything except the breadcrumbs I'd add the breadcrumbs a little at a time. Mix and adjust the seasoning to your taste. You may need to add more bread crumbs if your mixture is too wet. Form into patties this made 12 patties. If they aren';t holding together you can pop them into the fridge for about 10 mins. I didn't need to, but it's an option if they need it.  Then coat with breadcrumb coating mixture on all sides.


Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. (If you have an Air Fryer totally make them in it. I wish I had tossed one or 2 in just to see how it turned out.)
I know it's a lot to ask, but for your safety, and don't ask how I know, you should let me cool for about 5 minutes.


You can make a crab cake sandwich, top them on a salad, or just eat the dang thang standing over the stove while your family has no idea you are gobbling up the goodness, but you should share that why they can see how awesome you are at this whole making veggies taste like a delicious plate of goodness, haha! You can totally make a Vegan Remoulade to go on top, I didn't have any cashews on hand so I didn't. This one is topped with Just Ranch from Hampton Creek. Jason and Makayla both agreed it was a good as "sauce" for these.


Here's my plate, after I devoured the one secretly, maybe while standing over the stove, burning my mouth off... I squeezed fresh lemon on mine and it was perfect! MAKE THESE, Follow us on social media. If you ever make anything take a picture and tag us on Instagram and Facebook! We love connecting with you! MUCH MUCH LOVE~ Des!

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Here is the recipe video if you're interested in see how I make it. It's helpful to see the textures and the process! 













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2 comments:

  1. Great looking recipe; I can't wait to try it. By the way, you probably mean "stalks" of celery, not "stocks."

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  2. I hope you get a chance to try it! And yes, thank you for letting me know about the typo. I'm the queen of typo's. Much love!

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