Southern Coastal Living at Its Finest: Crab Cake Hush Puppies

Oh yeah, it’s a real thing. Crab cakes and hush puppies have combined to make your life complete.

Where do you find such an incredible concept? Duh, Southern Living magazine. Y’all aren’t from aroun’ here, are ya?

Here’s how to make this happen:

First, start your day on the ocean completely seasick while your husband (or boating companion) fishes for crab bait. Thank the heavens that he caught one immediately, took a look at your face and agreed to turn towards calmer waters. That could have made for a very long day.

Then, take one million pictures when he pulls up his very first crab pots of the season. Fourteen keeper crabs!

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Before you steam your crabs (for about ten minutes) on your porch (because there is no way that mess is coming in the house) cover them in an insane amount of Old Bay Seasoning.

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There is no such thing as too much. Top it off with a beer (we were drinking New Belgium Slow Ride IPA so that’s what went in). If your pots had more crabs than ours, think one beer per dozen crabs.

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Now for the picking. Be sure to have an beer nearby for yourself during this process as it is a slow one. Be patient and try not to eat too much. You’re supposed to be saving it. If it’s evening time and the music’s on and you can smell the fresh cut grass of your neighbor’s yard, it might just feel perfect.

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Time to get serious. Take a cup of your fresh picked crab and put it to the side for your hushpuppies. We took the other cup of crabmeat and used part of it for an omelet this morning with goat cheese and green peppers. The rest we’ll eat on crackers tonight. Life is hard…

Making hushpuppies is easy. The hardest part after picking the crabs is finely chopping your green onions and peppers. Southern Living calls for red peppers but all I had were green. Who cares.

You stir those up with your cornmeal mix, flour, sugar and salt.

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I didn’t have cornmeal mix on hand so I made my own as a substitute:

Stir up 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoon yellow or white cornmeal. This will produce 1 cup of cornmeal mix.

Then drop in your egg, crabmeat and beer and stir until moistened.

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Let stand for ten minutes.

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Fry in two inches of hot oil in a skillet in batches until golden. It won’t take long so keep your eyes on them! You’ll have to turn them halfway through.

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Try not to eat them all. Fail. Eat them all. Southern Living says to serve with cocktail sauce but I doubt you’ll be able to take the time to dip them. Skip the extra step and deliver them directly to your drooling mouth.

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Recipe from Southern Living: Crab Cake Hushpuppies 

Ingredients:
1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix
1/2 cup self-rising flour
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (or green- be flexible!)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces fresh lump crabmeat, picked
1 large egg
3/4 cup beer (Whoops, ran out of Slow Ride. Had to put in a Rogue)
Vegetable oil
Steps:
Stir together cornmeal mix, flour, green onions, bell pepper, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in crabmeat, egg, and beer until just moistened. Let stand 10 minutes. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Serve with your favorite rémoulade or cocktail sauce.

Austin Beer

I am an enormous fan of Austin beer. My standard favorite is Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle. Delish. I have lots of favorites but today I am trying a new brewery in Austin: Adelbert’s.

This one is Scratchin’ Hippo which I have to say, I’m a fan. I don’t normally choose Belgian beers when I go to the store but this would be the first one I’d pick. Highly recommend! Also, I really enjoyed the Naked Nun, another great choice from Adelbert’s. 

5 Things Not to Do On A Float (Tubing) Trip

5. Don’t toss your cigarrettes into the water. That’s disgusting. And littering. Weren’t you there on Earth Day at school?

4. Forget your sunscreen. There is no possible way you will escape severe burn. Don’t fool yourself. Ain’t gonna happen.

3. Wear jean shorts. You know you’re going to be uncomfortable. Why do you continue to do this?

2. Forget food. Sun  + Beer + Body of Water = Hunger

1. UNPACK SOMEONE’S COOLER OF BEER!* If there is a cooler, which you are sharing with your float buddies, do not under any circumstances take the beer out and replace it with water and gatorade. We are not interested in hydration!

*Number One could also be called “Do not let your mother near the cooler. Ever.”

Texas Beer: A Connoisseur’s Dilemma

As previously stated I’m at the prime of 24 which means I’ve recently entered the age where I drink beers based on their quality rather than price. This is a new thing and not necessarily a regular thing as I am also still poor.

Coming from the land of North Carolina we don’t have an overwhelming number of great local microbrews but every year it gets better and if you’re in the area of Asheville, then you’re definitely in luck. Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, and Highland are only the first ones that pop to mind. My mouth starts to water as I think about a Pisgah Solstice. If you really are in the area then stop by Barley’s Taproom where they have 55 beers on tap, many of them local.

But as a young person the important thing is to know our inexpensive beer of choice. In NC we proudly stand behind:

But not say as much as this guy:

Yes, that is a man with his PBR coffin

And usually not as much as this guy:

Classy people usually run rampant with PBR. Obviously.

In Texas I’ve tasted only a few “nice” beers. I’ve sampled (translation: gotten drunk off of) the Thirsty Goat Amber and the Buckethead IPA made by Thirsty Planet. The Amber is pretty strong, two got me feeling pretty good. And the Buckethead IPA was almost too hoppy for me, but I’m a light weight. Overall I would definitely order both again. I’ve been to Uncle Billy’s BBQ and Brew where they make a good Blonde and have excellent rotating beers on tap.

But obviously my texas beer training has been focused in the under $4 arena. The Shiner Bock proved to be the easy drinking beer of people not quite willing to purchase a Lone Star. But Lone Star you are truly the beer for me.  Your tallboy cans (convenient indeed), your watery taste has  just enough flavor and kick to keep me coming back for more. I’ll two-step the night away drinking your fine elixir cause I’m in Texas now, and a Texas girl I’d better be.

Any beer that calls itself the “national” beer of texas is pretty sassy and should be drunk by the case. Go out and by yourself one.

For a good source of information about Texas beers check out tipsytexan.com