My boyfriend, who is originally from Maryland, shared with me the experience that is a “traditional” Maryland crab dinner. I’ve only ever eaten snow crab or king crab legs before, I’ve never actually cracked apart an entire crab in my hands before. Let me tell you…it’s quite the experience. If you don’t like your food staring at you with dead eyes, then this isn’t the experience for you.
You have the pry the shell apart, pull out the lungs (which are apparently bad for you if you eat them!!) the guts, and the green stuff….which is poop, for lack of a more eloquent term. (Apparently some people call it the “Mustard” which I find kinda gross to think about, ew) You use a mallet to break apart the shells and it takes a lot to get all that meat out!
Popular dippings include: Melted butter with old bay, vinegar with old bay, and…well…just old bay.
It’s quite the adventure!
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