Maryland's Pride and Joy...
Blue Claw Crabs!
Summer time --and the living is easy.
...seeHow to pick a Maryland blue claw
It's a perfect summer night to hang out with friends in the back yard
and eat crabs. Not just any old crabs, mind you, but the real thing. Chesapeake
Bay Blue Claw Crabs, from the Maryland side, of course!
As dusk turns to dark, all deliciously warm and muggy, the crickets are
a' chirpin', the lightning bugs are blinkin', and that's what a Maryland
summer's --all about.
Mmmmmm. We just cooked a bushel of crabs. How much closer to heaven can
one be? The smell, the aroma.... of the Old Bay Crab Spice still lingering
in the air. The Silver Queen
white corn was succulent, dripping sugar water. Also consumed were two
pounds of spiced shrimp and 100 baby clams. I'm not telling how much Bud
was consumed. :)
Ummmm. Fresh, Hot Crabs.....
How to Steam Blue Crabs
3 cups water or beer (or a combination)
As many as you can eat, live, hard-shell Maryland blue crabs
1 cup seafood seasoning mix, such as Old Bay in the bottom pot of a double
boiler-style steamer or in a large pot with a steaming rack and a tight-fitting
lid, pour the water or beer and bring to a boil.
Get ready with tongs or ear n heavy gloves. When the water is boiling, add
the crabs to the top pan of the double boiler or to the large pot, a few
at a time, Move quickly! Generously add Old Bay to the layers
of crabs. Quickly cover the pan. Steam for about 15-20 minutes.
We love to use
Old Bay Seasoning
on our crabs. If you live in an area that doesn't sell Old Bay, here's a
crab recipe that you can make yourself at home. Good on all types of seafood,
1 tbls celery seed
1 tbls whole black peppercorns
6 bay leaves
1/2 tsp whole cardamom
1/2 tsp mustard seed
4 whole cloves
1 tsp Sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 tsp mace
In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
Grind well and store in a glass jar.
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