I asked him if he liked them. He raved about the Publix brand, saying they were way better than Phillips brand Maryland-style crab cakes...the ones I usually buy if not preparing my own.
Well, that statement was like waving a red cape in front of an irritated bull. Unbeknownst to him, a challenge had been issued... Time for a product comparison!
I know, but somebody has to do it;)I was delighted to see Phillips' brand on sale. It's the only time I can justify buying them. In our area a package containing two three-ounce crab cakes retail for $8.99.
When Publix has them on BOGO, it reduces the price to, (currently) $4.50 a box. That equals out to $12 per pound. Each is appropriate as an appetizer-sized serving.
|Before baking. Phillips' on left, Publix on right|
I baked both according to package directions. While I waited, I mixed up a little sauce to serve with the crab cakes... Mayo with some Thai sweet chili sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Mmmmm:)
Here are the test results:
Phillips' crab cakes have jumbo lump in them. They are more crab than filler and hold together without becoming squishy and falling apart. They have a lovely taste, but are less seasoned than the other one. The drier texture needs a dab of sauce.
While more expensive than the other brand, the quality is comparable to a one served in a fine restaurant.
|Phillips' crab cakes|
My husband and I agreed that the Publix brand had more filler, less crab, but was flavored very nicely and didn't need the sauce.
|half of Publix crab cake|
One crabbier, one more flavor... Now, if we could combine the two, we would have the perfect crab cake!!!