Is fake crab gross?? NO! It's not!

I have always felt like eating imitation crab was gross, but I don't know why. I eat fake chicken and fake beef all the time. Tons of people do. So why do I feel like eating fake crab is so wrong? Where does this stigma come from? Do you think it's wrong?

After today I am 100% sure that there is nothing wrong with enjoying fake crab. I mean, guess what's in your California roll??? Yeah, thats fake cab in there!
Unlike its refrigerator case cousins, the soy burger and chick'n patties, imitation crab is not a vegetarian option. It's made from fish. Most commonly a fish called Pollock which is a very mild white fish found in abundance up around Alaska and in the cold waters in that region. It's cooked and processed with vegetable or soy oils, natural and artificial flavors, and colors. Does this make is healthy? I guess, but I am sure it's not going to be on the top of any Dr.'s list of  "must eat" foods.
I'm not even sure what its purpose is. The only thing I can think of is cost. It is about $3 a pound. Last time I bought lump crab it was about $30 for the pound.
Why all this concern with imitation crab you ask?
Well, I had an incredible craving that first manifested itself as a craving for a Lobster roll. That quickly took my head to the last time I was at the fish monger, and I saw him shoving live lobsters into the steamer. I know in my head the truth, but in my heart I still got sad. So Lobster was out.
Fake crab was the only thing that I could think of that could replace those big delicious chunks of Lobster on that buttery bun!
So today I ran out and found me some imitation crab!
It looks good right?
Here is what to do;

2 pounds of imitation crab meat
3/4 cup mayo
3 stalks of celery small diced
1 table spoon of small diced red onion
2 teaspoons of garlic salt
a splash of red wine vinegar or lemon juice
Small handful of chopped flat leaf parsley. (although I didn't have any today I feel like it needed it)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Hot dog buns. (I chose potato, duh!)
A little butter

Start off by shredding all the crab meat with your hands. Add that to everything else and stir until it is all mixed up thoroughly.
You want this to sit a while. If you have to eat it right away go for it, but if you can wait a half hour or longer thats even better!

While you are waiting, heat a pan to medium. When it is nice and hot butter the inside of a hot dog bun and place it open into the pan. When the inside of the bun looks like the outside of grilled cheese it's done.

Now let that cool, and then stuff it with the yummy fake crab goodness!!

I haven't mentioned this in a while, but I think now it a great time to bring it up. You have to add a little bit of love to this or it's never gonna work. It will really make all the difference!

Please try this and tell me all about it! It really was so good! Not to mention in the dead of winter it helped us to remember the summer will be coming back one day!


( This one is dedicated to my grandma Anna and our daily trips to Publix in West Palm Beach every summer, all summer! How she loved her "Neptune Salad" )


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