Blue crab is one of the most important products of the First State, with almost 4 million pounds landed in 2016. If you get a chance to visit Lewes or Rehoboth Beaches in the summer, there is nothing
better than visiting a crab house, where they will lay out the butcher paper and mallets as you pick some crabs. Beer and Old Bay Seasoning are integral to this experience and if your hands aren’t covered with bits of shell and crab meat, you are being far too prim.
Canned crab, on the other hand, offers all the deliciousness of crab without any of the mess. We made this appetizer recently for a party and it was a huge hit. The flavor of the crab really shines, as it’s not masked by cream cheese or other dairy products.
Step back to the late eighteenth century when you visit the Old Statehouse in Dover. Completed in 1791, this beautiful example of Georgian architecture served as both the state and county capitol building until 1933.
Crab Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
- Yellow, orange and red mini sweet peppers
- 12 ounces crabmeat
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 2 scallions, chopped finely
Halve the mini sweet peppers. Remove seeds and membranes but leave steam intact. In a large bowl, mix crabmeat, mustard, mayo, Old Bay and scallions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place peppers on a baking sheet. Spoon crab into peppers. Bake for 15 minutes at 300 degrees, then broil to finish for 4-5 minutes or until crabmeat is golden brown.
When you think of Maryland, you probably think of the Chesapeake Bay and if you think of the Chesapeake Bay, you probably think of blue crabs. The bay is an estuary (where saltwater and freshwater
mix) and the perfect environment for blue crab. In fact, the Chesapeake Bay produces 50 percent of the blue crab harvest in the United States.
If it’s hot where you are, you might welcome this no-cook crab salad recipe that does not involve an oven. We served this on endive boats for a lovely appetizer pre-concert, but you could put it on crackers or even a soft roll for a crab salad sammie.
Check out the wild horses on Assateague Island National Seashore, near Ocean City, where you can swim, hike the beach, kayak, fish or birdwatch.
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 8 oz. fresh crab meat
- Old Bay seasoning, to taste
In a medium bowl, add celery, scallion, mustard and mayo. Mix until well combined. Gently fold in crab meat, taking care not to break up large lumps or claw meat. Add Old Bay seasoning to taste. Let chill before serving.
We here in the StateEats Kitchen love our party foods. Whether it’s flatbread, chicken wings, potato skins or even toasted ravioli, we’ve
always said we could eat an entire meal of just appetizers. Lucky for us, the big game is this weekend where we intend to do just that.
Deviled eggs are a standard at football parties across the country but deviled eggs with crab? Oh, that brings it up to a whole new level. This is a more decadent deviled egg with a nod to the First State’s most cherished product that brought in a dockside value of $3.76 million in 2014. We used sriracha mustard to amp up the spice but if you can’t find it, just use equal parts Dijon and sriracha sauce, or skip the sriracha altogether if you don’t want the heat.
Check out the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover. This small but quirky museum is named for Delaware native Eldridge Reeves Johnson, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company.
Deviled Eggs with Crab
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha mustard
- 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
- 4 ounces lump crabmeat
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Old Bay seasoning (for topping)
- Chive tops (for topping, optional)
Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out egg yolks and place in small mixing bowl. Add mayo, mustard, relish and chives. Mix well. Gently add in lump crabmeat and stir just until incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture back into the egg whites. Top with Old Bay seasoning and chive tops if using.
Delaware is the second smallest state, and while only 30 miles wide, it also has 117 miles of coastline. Beaches and the shore make up a big part of the state’s culture and we’ve talked before about how the blue crab is a vital part of the state’s economy.
We created this this lovely little appetizer for a recent pool party and it was a big hit. You can spend a lot of money on crab meat but since this is basically gussied up crab salad topped with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, save your money for good cocktails.
If bird watching is your thing, check out Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Dover, with its stellar interpretive programs and photography opportunities.
Crab Crostini Melts
- 12 ounces crabmeat
- 3 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons red pepper, diced
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced and cut in half
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Small baguette, sliced
Preheat broiler. Slice the baguette and place pieces on a baking tray. Broil both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Combine first five ingredients. Season with pepper. Add crab mixture onto crostini. Top with a half tomato slice and then Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on paprika. Broil again until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
Delaware, the second smallest state area wise, obtained its nickname “the First State” due to the fact that it was the first of the 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution. Delaware is known for its stunning beaches, and whether noshing on Grotto Pizza or Thrasher’s Fries in Rehoboth, or grabbing a cone at King’s Ice Cream in Lewes, you must save room for crab cakes.
While tourism generated $400 million in state and local government taxes/fees in 2010, the commercial blue crab fishery is also vital to Delaware’s economy, adding at least $7 million annually to the Delaware estuary region in 2005. While it’s fun to steam some blue crabs, roll out the butcher paper, grab your mallet and beer and get to picking, crab cakes fill your belly for a lot less work. Crab cakes from this part of the country are made with very little filler, just a bit Continue reading A True Crabby Patty – Delaware