June 4, 2009

How to Host a Crab Feast

If you've watched the movie Wedding Crashers you may be familiar with the phrase "crabcakes and football, that's what Maryland does!" As a legit Maryland gal, born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, I can tell you that it's not far from the truth. Crab feasts are a summer staple here on the eastern shore. Whether you set a feast up at a local crab shack or simply host one in your own backyard, this laid-back seafood spread is perfect for a casual summer gathering (especially if you live by the sea).

Here are a few tips to help you host an authentic crab feast:

How to Host a Crab Feast

  • Old Bay seasoning is a must. It is not only the perfect spice for the seafood itself; it also goes great with corn on the cob -- Old Bay
  • Speaking of corn on the cob, it's a great side dish for a meal in which you'll already be getting your hands dirty -- Country Living
  • Consider using butcher's paper or newspaper as your table cloth for easy clean up.
  • Each place setting should include a mallet, a seafood fork, a butter knife, a small cup of melted butter (for dipping) and a plate of lemon wedges (for added seasoning). You may also want to line the center of the table with a few rolls of paper towels.
  • These personalized, dishwasher safe plastic tumblers would be a great take-home keepsake for guests -- FineStationery.com
  • Before you start, be sure watch this video on how to pick a blue crab -- OldBay.com
Steamed crabs image from St. Michaels Crab House