Ryan ~ F&B Intern at Harbor Magic Hotels
Everyone knows that Baltimore is known for its Maryland Blue Crabs. If you are a new comer and it is your first time visiting this wonderful city or you are a local who has lived here all your life, crab infused dishes have and always will be your “go to” meal. Marylanders, alike, crave the savory taste of crabs during their “special” occasion; from crab cakes during that big Sunday night Ravens game, to softshell crabs while relaxing at the beach, or just the good ole fashion summer weekend crab picking party. Whatever the occasion might be, Marylanders love using their shared love for crabs as the center of their get together.
Here is a list of CRAB recipes that you can make for whatever “special” occasion you may have:
MINI CRAB MELTS
16 (3/4-ounce) slices sourdough bread
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
3 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces lump crabmeat, drained and picked
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
32 (1/4-inch-thick) Roma tomato slices
4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat broiler. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and broil 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly golden and toasted.
- Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon zest, 3 tablespoons dill, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small mixing bowl. Combine crab, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture to bowl; stir to combine.
- Spread remaining mayonnaise mixture evenly over toasts. Divide crab mixture evenly over toasts; top evenly with tomato slices and cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with black pepper and remaining 1/2 tablespoon dill. Serve immediately.
OLD BAY CRAB CAKES
1 egg, beaten
1 pound lump crabmeat
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Old Bay® Seasoning
2 teaspoons McCormick® Parsley Flakes
½ teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
2 slices white bread, crusts removed and crumbled
Mix bread, mayonnaise, OLD BAY, parsley, mustard and egg in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in crabmeat. Shape into 4 patties. Broil 10 minutes without turning or fry until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY, if desired.