I love Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, and my favorite boat is the Cornelia Marie.
Captain Phil Harris was my favorite captain, and his death this week saddened me greatly. What I loved the most about him was how good a father he was, and how much hard work he put in to raising his sons and providing for them in addition to teaching them about crab fishing on the bearing strait. The love for his children was evident on each episode, and for that I think he will be remembered for the most.
There are many forums to honor his memory, but the one I joined seemed most appropriate: Eat Crab Legs in Memory of Captain Phil. While I cannot afford crab legs at the moment, I splurged on some great lump crab meat for crab cakes. Sipping some chardonnay, I raise my glass to Captain Phil...a great captain, but an even greater father. The show will never be the same for me, nor will the seas, nor will your sons.
Cornelia Marie Crab Cakes
1/2 pound lump crab meat, picked over
1/2 juice of a lemon
1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3/8 cup of plain bread crumbs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for pan frying
Lemon wedges, for serving
Tartar Sauce, for serving
Combine first ten ingredients and form into desired crab cake size. Place on a plate and cover with saran wrap and place in freezer for ten minutes. Heat a nonstick skillet with enough oil to coat the pan. Pan fry (time will depend on the size you make). Serve hot with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.
(For a crab recipe right from Captain Phil, click here.)