Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's OK if you're crabby!

I just got back from an amazing weekend in Aurora, NC at the home of my friends Matt & Lindsey.  If you haven't heard of Aurora, it's on the Pamlico Sound about 2.5 hours north of Wilmington.  I had such a great weekend filled with sun, wine, and best of all- phenomenal food.  On Saturday we went crabbing (who knew all you had to do was throw a chicken leg in the water and the crabs come running?!) and caught the most amazing blue crabs.  The steamed crabs were delicious- sweet, buttery crabmeat inside perfectly seasoned shells.  Matt served these up alongside a traditional low country boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and sausage.  So tasty!

Here's Matt's secret recipe for perfect steamed crab:
* 10 blue crabs
* 1 c. Old Bay seasoning
* 4 tbsp. black pepper
* 2 tbsp. dry mustard
* 1 to 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper (to taste)
* 1 flat beer
* 1 c. white vinegar
Combine Old Bay, black pepper, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.  Rub this mixture onto the crabs until they're well coated.  Add beer and vinegar to the bottom of an outdoor cooking pot and bring to a boil.  Add crabs to the basket of the pot and steam until crabs are red in color.  Serve with melted butter.  Enjoy!

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