Layered Hamburger Bake Tired of Turkey? Can’t possibly eat another turkey sandwich? Are you racking your brain trying in come up with a “new” and “inventive” way to fix left-over holiday turkey? Stop! Leave that turkey in the refrigerator for a day and make Layered …
Tuna Noodle Casserole An Old-Fashioned Classic, Tuna Noodle Casserole is a casserole that I’m sure most people have tried or made, at least once. That statement might not be true quite as much today but back when I was growing up in the 60’s and …
Padre Island Shells
I have wanted to make this recipe ever since I saw it in one of my many Taste of Home Cookbooks. I think that was over 10 years ago, so I thought it’s about time to give it a try. This recipe is from Donna Grover from Rockwell, Texas via Taste of Home, Pasta Cookbook. I have absolutely know idea who Donna is or where Rockwell Texas is for that matter, but this recipe is a real winner. Both my hubby and I loved this dish. Thanks, Donna for this delicious recipe for Padre Island Shells.
What is Imitation Crab Meat?
What is imitation crab meat, seafood sticks, krab sticks or crab sticks anyway? All are a form of kamaboka, a processed seafood made of starch and finely pulverized white fish called surimi. This mixture is then shaped to resemble the leg of a snow crab or Japanese spider crab. Surimi literally means “formed fish.” Referring to fish pulp that’s formed into various shapes
Surimi and the similar kamaboka, have been made for centuries by the Japanese. Most surimi found in North America is made from Alaska Pollock, a fish with a lean, firm flesh that has a delicate, slightly sweet flavor. Pacific Whiting is also beginning to be used for surimi but its flesh is so soft that it requires the addition of egg whites and potatoes to make it firm enough for processing.
To become surimi, fish is skinned, bones, repeatedly rinsed to eliminate any fishiness and pigment, then ground into a paste. This odorless white paste is then mixed with a flavor concentrate made from real shellfish. The paste is them formed, cooked and cut into the various shapes of the seafood its imitating, which in the United States is usually crab legs or lobster chunks.
Lastly, surimi is colored to complete its transformation from fish to shell-fish look-alike. Surmi is available in the refrigerated or freezer sections of most supermarkets. It can be kept unopened in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Once opened, use surimi within 3 days. Surimi, which is sometimes labeled “imitation crabmeat” is best when used as an ingredient in salads and casseroles.
Sugiyo Co., Ltd. of Japan was the first to produce and patented imitation crab meat in 1973 as Kanikama, this was the flake type. In 1974, Osaki Suisan Co., Ltd. of Japan first produced and patented imitation crab sticks. In 1976, The Berelson Company of San Francisco working with Sugiyo introduced them internationally.
Internationally they are marketed under the names; Krab Sticks, Ocean Sticks, Sea Legs, and Imitation Crab. Legal restrictions now prevent them from being marketed as ‘crab sticks’ in many places as they usually don’t have crab meat. North Pacific Alaska Pollock is commonly the main ingredient.
Imitation Crab, Yes or No?
Imitation crab is something that you either like or you don’t. Personally, I like imitation crab, the flaked kind. I use it in seafood pasta salad and now in this recipe. My hubby is a huge fan of imitation crab and usually eats it dipped into jarred shrimp sauce….a good way to eat imitation crab but
not a very ‘fancy’ way to eat imitation crab. So when I saw this recipe using imitation crab, (you can also make this recipe using ‘real’ crab) I thought it would be the perfect recipe to try.