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Summer Eats - Signature Dishes
CBC Television | August 22, 2006
West Point Lighthouse
Watch (runs 5:41)
The West Point Lighthouse was built in 1875, and at a height of almost 70 feet is one of the tallest in the province. The lighthouse is still operating and open to the public for a small fee. The parlour and some of the bedrooms are much as they would have been in the early years of the 20th century. This is the official provincial lighthouse museum, and enthusiasts will find an extensive collection of artifacts.
The lighthouse is still operational, and visitors can climb right to the top to where the lamp burns night and day.
But what makes the West Point Lighthouse most unusual is that it houses a hotel and restaurant. There are rooms in the old tower itself, and more in a newer extension. Also at the base of the tower is the restaurant.
The restaurant specializes in traditional P.E.I. cuisine, chowder, scallops, mussels and steak. The signature dish is an upscale version of traditional fish cakes, made with crab and lobster.
West Point Lighthouse Crab and Lobster Cakes
1/4 cup diced celery
Sauté in olive oil diced celery and onions. Mix together with remaining ingredients using enough bread crumbs to make a firm patty. Shape into patties (1/2 cup per patty).
Dip patties into egg wash (use approximately 4 well-beaten eggs). Roll the patties in cracker crumbs.
Grill them to a golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes each side.
Red Pepper Aioli
1/2 of a 28 oz can of red peppers
Mix the ingredients together in a blender until puréed.