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« on: October 16, 2023, 02:00:03 PM »

I'd like to here what people eat with hard crabs. For me it's usually nothing except a cold beer, but in the summer when local tomatoes are available I love to have a dish of tomato wedges that I will dip in the seasoning. For me it's a perfect combination. The last trip my wife was able to still source some good ones from a local stand and they were delicious! I also know corn tends to be a popular item, I'm not a big corn guy so I leave that to the wife and kids mostly.

So, what does everyone else like to eat? Maybe a favorite thing to dip in?

I'm always looking for new things to try, so that is definitely part of my motivation in this post.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2023, 02:20:14 PM »

Blueberry muffins (/fresh blueberries).
Fresh fruit salad
Potato salad
Someone gave me a dip receipt that was different: heat up- artichoke hearts, minced garlic, butter and mop crab in that.
I like the fresh tomato wedges idea.  Probably all good when in season.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2023, 03:36:33 PM »

This should probably be in the steaming/cooking/recipe section.

Anyway, corn on the cob, red or yellow potatoes are good too. The taters can go in the steaming water, and in fact if I'm only steaming a dozen or two I use them as my tray to steam the crabs over. Corn goes on in the last 10 minutes or so of steaming.

Coleslaw is a good one. A salad is always good and +1 vote for fresh tomatoes. I like them especially on crab cake or soft-shell sandwiches but really any time is a good time for garden grown maters.

Pasta salad.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2023, 04:10:23 PM »

I'm fine if the mods want to move it. I wasn't viewing this as a recipe so I put it in general.

The potato is funny because I was just telling my wife I bet potatoes boiled in the steaming liquid would be good. Now I think I need to try it for sure.

Nice to hear I'm not the only one that likes the tomatoes. My grandfather used to pick them from the garden and eat it like an apple.

The blueberry muffins is an interesting one, that definitely would have never crossed my mind.

Excellent responses, thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2023, 10:19:42 AM »

Crackers if I'm real hungry.   Prefer Ritz but saltines work too!
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2023, 02:34:38 PM »

Crackers if I'm real hungry.   Prefer Ritz but saltines work too!
Good item.  Also in this category, Melba sea salt rounds, they are a bit heavier good with crabs/crab dip.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2023, 03:51:33 PM »

Good item.  Also in this category, Melba sea salt rounds, they are a bit heavier good with crabs/crab dip.

I break up hard pretzels into bite size pieces and make Old Bay pretzels, and dip those in crab dip. Quite tasty.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2023, 04:36:31 PM »

I'm hungry.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2023, 04:58:12 PM »

I break up hard pretzels into bite size pieces and make Old Bay pretzels, and dip those in crab dip. Quite tasty.

This sounds good!  Got some leftover dip in fridge, gonna do the pretzel-dip thing this evenin.   Hmm, leftover dip.  That's 2 words you rarely see together.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2023, 06:12:33 PM »

Corn on the cob.  Or nothing!
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.

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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2024, 03:03:18 PM »

I'll toss anything I can steam right into the pot with the crabs most of the time, be it shrimp, corn or whatever. Little Omish coleslaw, potato salad or something like that always helps take the spice down and cleanse the Pallett between crabs. -A great man once said, "A man can spend his entire life looking for the perfect blue crab and it would not have been a life spent in vain, they are all perfect." or something like that.
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