Food historians have said that evidence of crab cake-type dishes have been around in print since at least 1685 when Robert May included a recipe in The Accomplist Cook. Back then, he called his version “To fry crabs”, but with eggs, grated bread, and butter, among other ingredients, it was pretty close to today’s standard. While English settlers are attributed with bringing the recipe to America (though they called them “crab patties”), Maryland is the home of the “crab cake”. Local eateries coined the term in 1889 when they used it to entice diners to stop in. By the 1930s, Baltimore Crab Cakes could be found in recipe books everywhere and to this day, you can throw a stone in Charm City and find a place that serves them up.
For a twist on the traditional recipe, try:
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