Whether it’s the Big Game or showing off your new kitchen blinds that’s got you hungry, it’s time to start strategizing for your dinner table line up. Others may be taking the brother battle angle when it comes to the game, but the real rivalry is a gastronomic one between two cities lousy with crabs. West and East coasters have divided loyalties between San Francisco’s bigger, flakier dungeness crabs and Baltimore’s smaller, sweeter blue crabs. Why not take the battle from the gridiron to the table and set these two crustaceans head to head?
Baltimore Blues, or should we say Purples…
Baltimore is known for it’s soft shell blue crabs, caught fresh from Chesapeake Bay. Give Ravens fans a taste of home with crab cake sliders and snacks that hail from this great city.
Avocado Crab Cake Sliders
These mini sandwiches are made with fresh Maryland lump crab meat, but you can also steam your own at home. Serve on a toasted but with a creamy avocado spread and you’ve got the perfect snack for the game time.
1 pound fresh Maryland lump crab meat
8 whole wheat crackers, divided
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of olive oil mayonnaise
1 teaspoon spicy mustard
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 slider buns, slightly toasted
1 avocado, mashed
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1. Crush crackers until very fine and mix 1/2 crumbles with mayonnaise, mustard, sea food seasoning, salt, pepper and egg.
2. Gently fold in the crab and mix until crab is covered in mayonnaise-cracker mixture. Carefully fold into 12 mini crab cakes and place into a jelly roll pan. Chill for at least one hour.
3. Heat olive oil in a medium pan. Once crab has been chilled, carefully remove from jelly roll pan. Cover each cake in remaining crushed crackers to form a breading.
4. Place in oil and fry on both sides until browned, about 4-6 minutes.
5. While crab cakes are frying, mix mashed avocado, onion, lemon juice and sea salt. Spread mixture over one half of each toasted slider bun. Place crab cake over avocado mixture, top with remaining bun and serve!
If you’re looking for a vegan option, these crispy cajun chickpea cakes come highly recommended in our offices.
Pair it with:
Utz Snacks. These chips, pretzels, and other snacks have been a Baltimore favorite for many years. William and Sallie Utz began delivering their homemade potato chips to Baltimore farmer’s markets as early as 1921 and they’ve been a game time favorite ever since.
National Bohemian Beer. Better known as Natty Boh, this beer was first brewed in Baltimore in 1885. Right on the can it boasts its Chesapeake Bay origins, hailing from “The Land of Pleasant Living.” Root for the Ravens like a true Baltimore fan this Sunday, with a cold Natty Boh in your hand.
The Crab to Rule Them All – San Francisco Dungennes
San Franciscans know a good crab when they see one, and that’s ocean fresh Dungennes. You can’t beat the taste of these crabs when they;re steamed and served with butter and lemon. However, for a little more game day friendly option you can purchase lump dungennes crab meat to make an iconic San Francisco dish, Crab Louis Salad.
Crab Louis Salad
Stay loyal to San Francisco by topping this dish with fresh dungennes crab meat. Create a more game-friendly version by spooning bite sized portions into phyllo dough cups and 49ers fans will be munching on them all night long.
Pair it With:
A Fresh Loaf of Sourdough. This tangy bread was first made in Northern California during the California Gold Rush and has been a San Francisco staple ever since. The loaves found so often in the hands of gold prospectors, that “sourdough” became a general nickname for the fortune seekers.The San Francisco 49ers mascot is called “Sourdough Sam” to this day, so munch on some and root on your team.
Anchor Steam Beer. While the origin of the name remains a mystery, it likely refers to the original brewing process which involved cooling the fermenting beer on rooftops in the foggy San Francisco air, which created steam off the open pans. Anchor Steam Beer is the only beer still made with the patented steaming process and has been a favorite of San Franciscans since 1896.
Get Your Game On!
The best of luck to the armchair coaches and snack warriors who will be giving their all this Sunday, and may the best team win! Find more Super Bowl Snack ideas in our Pinterest board, Food + Kitchen Treats (are you brave enough to try the Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes?) While you’re there follow us @BlindsDotCom.
Please note: These snacks are not officially endorsed by the NFL, despite our use of the phrase “Super Bowl”. Those guys wouldn’t be caught dead eating tiny crab cake sandwiches and mini crab salads no matter how cute Blinds.com employees think they are.