It is that time of year to put on your plastic bibs and belly up to the table to crack some crab. During the next several month there will be crab feeds galore to feast on buckets of crusty crustaceans. Fundraisers and club events are a great excuse to join a crowd for a crab feeding frenzy. There is a certain etiquette and ceremony to a crab feed. We will touch bases on a few pointers and crab feed rules.
On the West Coast, ‘Dungeness’ crab is king. This crab is very rich but at a crab feed it needs to be even more indulgent by dipping this succulent ‘Meat of the Deep’ into butter. You will have to bring your own butter warmer and butter. It needs to be the real deal. Heaven forbid margarine! Our butter warmer also serves as a mood lamp.
It is a good idea to bring some home made cocktail sauce. Ms. Goofy whipped up this sauce and got rave reviews.
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup prepared horseradish
½ lemon juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Cayenne to taste
Combine all ingredients and add cayenne to desired heat.
If you are the first person to receive the bucket of crab; do not pick out all the claws. Chances are you will have somebody at your table that likes the bodies and will leave all the claws for you. Pace yourself if it is an all you can eat event. Our crab feed had an added bonus of barbequed Tri-Tip. Tri-tip and crab, does it get any better? This crab feed was a trencherman’s delight.
Last, but not least, Have Fun! Enjoy the company, buy a raffle ticket, eat, drink, and then get up and dance. I can do a mean chair dance. Where else can grown-up men and women wear plastic bibs and feast on crab?