Guest Post: Dad does crabs

I’m off doing too much work for grad school, so in the meantime, please allow my dad to entertain you with this impeccably thorough recap of his “traditional Maryland Eastern Shore Mid-Summer Dinner” last weekend …

Rae Ann and I spent last weekend in Rock Hall, MD visiting my old school friend George Hardy and his wife Jane, April Verch and her band, and my sister Mary.

Back row in photo are George and Jane, Clay Ross (guitarist), Mary, and Rae Ann. In front are Cody Walters (bass), you-know-who, and April.


These flowers from our table setting were cut fresh from the garden:


And here’s the recipe for Cap’n George’s Crab Cakes!

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the following ingredients to make the sauce: 1 egg, 1/2 cup mayo, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, and a few generous shakes (I am using 15) of Old Bay. Experiment here. This is the variable flavor/heat ingredient. Other recipes use Tabasco.

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2. In a plastic bag, crush a 1-2-inch stack of Saltines.


3. In a large bowl, place one pound of backfin lump crabmeat (jumbo lump is not needed — $19 vs. $25). I usually don’t bother to pick it over.


4. Add the crushed Saltines and mix with the crab, using your hands.


5. Add the sauce and mix thoroughly. Don’t over-mix because it will just break up the crab. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes.


6. Form 3-4 crabcakes, and place on a cookie sheet. (Everything up to this point can be done in advance.)


7. Broil for about 4 minutes on each side. When the tops begin to brown, turn them over or take them out. Use color more than time to judge when they are ready.


8. Enjoy with fresh market corn.


9. Add salad with greens, tomato, and avocado:


The finished product:


10. If it is Father’s Day, you should have cake to celebrate:


P.S. S, here’s one of me imitating you. L,D


It’s Sarah again! I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down south, courtesy of my dad, a native Baltimoron πŸ˜› What is your favorite “southern” meal?

16 thoughts on “Guest Post: Dad does crabs

  1. Daddy says:

    Sarah — I think my favorite “southern” meal is this very one! Those crab cakes were just amazing. It was fun impersonating you, if only for one afternoon and evening! Love, Dad


  2. verbalriot says:

    GREAT post! I love the food-blogger-imitation-shot πŸ™‚

    My favorites are seafood gumbo, cheese grits, jambalaya, bbq chicken and pulled pork, pralines, bread pudding…can you tell I just got back from New Orleans? πŸ˜‰


  3. Mrs Myers @ Eat Move Write says:

    My favorite southern meal is TERRIBLE health-wise, but I love it.

    Battered/fried chicken livers, fried green tomatoes and/or okra and GREENS! Cooked in plenty of bacon fat. Ugh… It sounds horrible and lovely all at the same time.

    Looks like a good time. Family is great.


  4. Gina says:

    OH YUM!! Those look sooo good!! MY favorite southern meal is jumbalaya. I love it, and I’m a spice addict so I like it extra spicy! I also like corn bread and southern greens πŸ™‚


  5. April says:

    Having been a guest at this feast (what an honor!), I can honestly say that this account of it all is nothing less than perfect! The crabcakes in particular were simply amazing, second only to the company in which they were shared.
    I love your blog Sarah! Does moonshine count as a favorite southern food? πŸ™‚


  6. Madison says:

    Love the post! My favorite southern meal is what I request every birthday:
    Grilled pizza with hot italian sausage, goat cheese, cheese, and lots of veggies


    Triple Layer Chocolate Cake PLEASSSE!


  7. Allie Page McL says:

    Dad – excellent Sarah impersonation! Crab cakes are among my very favorite foods on earth, and these look de-li-cious!!! What a fun evening, and I wish, wish I could have been there! Signed, Allie (Sarah’s sister, Daddy’s daughter)


  8. emily says:

    delish! delish! delish! so sad to have missed it. good job with the impersonation, dad!

    ~emily (sarah’s sister, daddy’s daughter)


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