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Maryland Crab Stew - Crabs Hon!

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Join us on a nostalgic journey to the sun-baked shores of the Chesapeake Bay, where memories of summers past come alive with each taste of Maryland Crab Stew. Inspired by lazy days spent 'sittin' on the dock of the bay, watching the crabs roll away,' Tony and his siblings would venture to a nearby inlet, eager to 'catch a mess of crabs, hon.'

Seafood, especially the delicate flavor of crab, demands a delicate touch. It's an orchestration of Old Bay proportions to transform these sea creatures into a pot of pure deliciousness. Discover the nuances between blue crabs and blue swimming crabs, and experience the tantalizing aroma of crab, cream, corn, scallops, shrimp, and a blend of Old Bay spices, accentuated by the freshness of tarragon.

Learn the art of identifying male from female crabs, and why it's essential to throw females back into the water. With expert tips on cleaning and enjoying this Maryland delicacy, you'll be transported to the bay's edge, where the buzz of crickets mingles with the warmth of a summer breeze with each spoonful.

Perfect for summer or winter, this stew has the power to warm even the furthest, most neglected reaches of your heart. Tune in and let the flavors of Maryland Crab Stew ignite your senses and stir fond memories of days gone by.

Prep Time - 10 mins
Cook Time - 20 mins

6 large blue crabs (or lump crab meat from the deli - must be Chesapeake Blue Crab)

6 large scallop

12 large shrimp

1 bottle clam juice

2 cups chicken stock (canned or boxed is fine, or a table spoon of bouillon with 2 cups of hot water)

1 Tbs of fresh dill or sub tarragon

1 tsp of dried sage

1 tsp of celery salt

3 Tbs of Old Bay Seasoning

1 medium yellow onion

1 cup pancetta or bacon

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup dry white wine

Frozen baby shoe peg or sweet corn

1/2 stick of butter

2 Tbs Ghee (or browned butter)

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced carrots


Render the bacon (or pancetta) in a large pot

Add all ingredients except the heavy cream

Cook for 20 minutes

Reduce to simmer

Just before serving, add heavy cream.

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