Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.



Crab Cakes

Carrabba's Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

1 red bell pepper, sliced and sauteed
1 red onion, sliced and sauteed
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup white wine
2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

salt and ground black pepper

Crab Cakes
1 oz diced onion
1 oz diced yellow and red bell pepper
1 oz celery butter (for cooking vegetables)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

salt and ground black pepper
1 lb crab meat lump
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 oz flour (for dusting crab cakes)
1 oz oil (for frying)

lemon wedges (for serving)
fresh parsley leaves (for garnish)
To make the sauce:  Take sauteed pepper and onions and chop fine. Put in saute pan and reduce with broth and wine until thickened.Add heavy cream and reduce to 3/4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add butter and melt and stir. Chill until service.

To make the crab cakes: Cook onion, bell pepper and celery in pan with butter until soft. Chill vegetables to set color Add to mayonnaise, Old Bay, salt and pepper. Fold in crab softly in bowl with mixture and then fold in crumbs. Careful not to break crab. Set in cooler to set up. Portion chilled crab cake mixture in small cakes. Dust cakes in some flour. Cook in cast iron skillet with a touch of vegetable oil. Brown both sides and the put in 400 degree F oven for seven minutes. Meanwhile, heat the sauce for service.

To serave:  Plate each serving with sauce and 2 crab cakes. Garnish with a lemon wedge and parsley leaf.

1 comment:

  1. i used to work at carrabbas, this is not the exact recipe