Maryland and Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes - Aldi $4.99 each
I never knew Boardwalk style crab cakes were a thing. For 29 years I have gone down to the Jersey shore and walked the boardwalk, and not once have I ever seen an ad for crab cakes. Live crabs? Sure! But boardwalk style crab cakes? Never. (Then again, Wildwood is a special, pizza-filled, Doo-Wop snowflake.) I mean, I knew Maryland style was a thing, so it makes sense that there are other varieties, but not once have I ever heard of board walk style crab cakes. Am I alone in my noob-ish-ness? (I get the feeling that I am.) Welp, time to get educated!
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Inside each box are two crab cakes, so they work out to be about $2.50 each. That's a little expensive when compared to other frozen Aldi items, which give you more servings per box, but that's a pretty reasonable price as far as crab cakes are concerned.
I decided to follow the oven instructions, which were easy and lazy, so I covered a cookie sheet with some parchment paper, turned the over to 400 degrees F, and baked them for about 13 minutes. For some reason the boardwalk style cakes require a longer bake time, so I flipped them over, pulled the Maryland ones out after a few minutes, and let the boardwalk ones do their thing. Then we were good to go!
I started with the Maryland style since that's more-so what I'm familiar with.
The Maryland crab cakes have a rich, almost cheesy, flavoring to them with a lot of fresh crab-meat flavor. They almost felt like they melted in my mouth! You get a sweet, but savory, garlic-y mound of oceanic goodness. I was really impressed with this flavor...until I tried and Boardwalk.
Boardwalk style is amazing! Not only do I taste the crab meat, but I can taste onions, peppers, and maybe a little Cajun seasoning? It's so flavorful that it pretty much ruined the Maryland ones for me. Sure, I thought they were great, until I knew this existed. Now? There's no going back. Towards the end I did find a little bit of crab shell in the boardwalk one, which was annoying and shows that there may be quality control issues, but it tasted so good that I really didn't care.
Honestly, both of these flavors were great, but if you're only going to buy one, make it Boardwalk style! They taste great on their own, but I image it'd make a fantastic crab cake sandwich (on a toasted Aldi brioche bun)! If you see these around, be sure to stock-up, because they're a Specially Selected item, and once those are gone, we never know if and when they'll ever be back!