Happy Monday, everyone! I think I’ll keep it short and sweet today. I know everyone’s rolling into a new school year (or about to) but before we get back into the routine, how about a last taste of summer… or two? We’ve gathered on the porch this week for an old fashioned summer recipe swap.
Where better to wile away the last of the long. lazy summer days than at the beach? And if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach right now, that might mean you’re feelin’ just a little crabby. Soft Shell, Blue, King, it doesn’t matter what kind of crab it is, there’s nothing better than plate of fresh crab for dinner… unless it’s an afternoon of fishing those tasty critters from the water yourself and cooking up a big boil right there on the beach.
Crabbing is a bit of an art form and each devoted crabber has his or her own favorite method. Whether it’s chicken necks tied to a string and tossed into a quiet cove, a ring trap dropped off the pier with a bait bag fixed in the center, a basket trap, a crab pot, or a box trap, crabbing can be fun for the whole family. If you’re visiting the beach yet this summer and you’re interested in giving it a whirl, you can pick up basic equipment almost anywhere near the water (or online) and go try your luck. To increase your chances, ask the locals for a few tips on hot spots in the area, or check chat boards ahead of time. You’ll usually find people talking about where the local honey holes are.
Or, if you’re like me and you’re much farther from the beach than you’d like to be right now, stop by your local grocery store, pick up a couple cans of crab meat and try out this yummy recipe for Hot Crab Dip. It’s great served warm with crackers or toasts, or tucked inside wonton or filo dough (spray with a little Pam before you bake) to create fry-free Crab Rangoons. Enjoy!
**Note** If you like your crab dip a little less “crabby” reduce the recipe to one can of crab, but leave all other ingredients as listed.
Stop by the rest of a the week and see what the other Belles have to share in our Summer Recipe Swap, or leave a recipe of your own in the comments. We’d love to try out some of your summer favorites!