What a pretty picture!

13 Jun

One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading a cookbook is the color photographs. Not only do the recipes make us hungry, but the photographs can be a feast for the eyes.  Vineyard cookbooks have some of the most beautiful photographs, photos with  a wonderful balance of color and texture. Lousiana’s own Abita Brewing Company has a gorgeously photographed cookbook, Abita Beer, cooking Louisiana true (LA 641.623 A149a). The following is an example of what you can find there:

Bacco Crab Cakes


1 lb lump crabmeat (picked over for shells and cartilage)

½ lb crab claw meat, (picked over for shells and cartilage)

2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper

2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper

1/2 tablespoon Creole mustard

1/2 tablespoon hot sauce

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 egg, lightly beaten

About 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs


For Breading and Frying:

1 cup all-purpose flour seasoned with ½ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water)

1 ¼ cups fine dry bread crumbs seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne & ¼ teaspoon paprika

½ cup clarified butter

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Combine the lump and claw crabmeat with the bell peppers, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mayonnaise and egg. Gently mix well. Add enough bread crumbs (about ½ cup) to bind the mixture. Form into 12 patties and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cover lightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Put the seasoned flour in a shallow bowl. Put the egg wash in another shallow bowl. Put the seasoned bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.

Heat the clarified butter with oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Dredge the patties in the seasoned flour, then dip them in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Dredge the patties in the seasoned bread crumbs, coating them evenly. Fry the patties, 3 or 4 at a time, in the hot butter-oil mixture until golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Other titles to try:

The Vineyard Kitchen  ( 641.597S618.5v)
The Casual Vineyard Table  (641.509W477c)
Sharing the Vineyard Table  (641.509W477s)


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