Crab Cakes / Victory's HopDevil

Crab cakes and IPAs are a great combination. As I said in my last post, IPAs and spicy foods pair well because the hops in the beer can stand up to the spiciness of the dish. And the citrusy hops also work well with seafood. My crab cakes are made with curry powder, which is perfect for hoppy beers. I also tried them with Raging Bitch from Flying Dog and both that and the HopDevil worked pretty well. I've made them with Stone IPA before and that was a perfect combination too, so test out your favorite IPA. You can use canned crab meat or even imitation crab if you want; they will still taste good. Oh and a salad with avocado is a good choice because we realized the beer really enhances the avocado flavor.

1 pound crab meat
1/2 cup minced celery
1/3 cup minced red bell pepper
1/3 cup minced red onion
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp mayonaisse
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Saute the celery, garlic, red bell pepper, and onion over medium heat. Once that is cooked combine them with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Form into patties and coat each one with bread crumbs. Fry the patties in vegetable oil on medium heat.

For my sauce I used sour cream, mayo, capers, lemon juice, cilantro, pepper, and basil but I use a different one every time so make whatever you like.