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Fried Stuffed Hard Crabs

This old recipe for crabs is one you should know about. It's a stuffed crab recipe from a very old cookbook.

From the Publisher: Andy made sure I said that this came from the Eastern Shore of MD/Va. With that said, this was originally written by our friend and totally cool forum resource, AndyS.

This is a site about fishing, and fishing is what's news to us. Instead of worrying about financial statements, site security, and the latest corporate hammer-blow from above, we only talk about fishing. The goal of the site -- to entertain and educate people interested in catching fish -- is well met with little if any stress.

Ancient picture of fish and crustaceons

Crabs? Crabs. This ancient image of the various creatures mariners felt were living beneath the decks of their ships shows that fishermen always had wild imaginations; be they made of iron or wood.

There are loads of features on the site, in case you're new and haven't spent time looking around. Among them, one of our personal favorites are the recipes we get. They're coming primarily from two places. First, our friend Captain Scott Moore -- renowned master snook and skinnywater guide -- who was a chef before becoming the man known to feed snook by hand. Secondly, they're about to start coming from one of our favorite books, written by a great author my the name of Jim Lee. The book -- "Seafood Legends" -- is a unique combination of stories about old Florida combined with recipes dating back to when Jim was a kid (and beyond into the late Civil War lol).

But underneath the famous names that have graced this site over the years there are way more contributors that are the not-so-famous. The forum members, the non-fishing friends with comments, the technical people, the marketing team, the wives, the friends from fishing trips, and the strangers who have become friends in discussions about tying knots, or hooking live baits.

AndyS is one of those friends. To tell you the truth, we've never met AndyS. But from the early days of the site, he's been the first to help others, the first to provide cool images, the first to play with videos, and the first forum member to post more stuff then those of us that built it in the first place. There are more AndySs, but this recipe -- that came from him in today's forums -- shows the quality of the regular -- not so famous people that make this site the beautiful adventure it is for all of us.

Thanks, AndyS :)

Ingredients:

12 steamed hard crabs
6 cups pancake mix
4 tsp. Old Bay
3-4 cups milk
Fat or oil for frying
1 lb. crabmeat
1 lg. egg
1/4 cup mayo
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup bread crumbs

Preparation:

Remove all cartilage from crabmeat. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, egg, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard. Add crabmeat and mix gently. Shape into 12 balls and put aside. Remove apron, top shell, fat and gills from crabs.

Firmly pack one ball of crabmeat mixture into top cavity. Put pancake mix and Old Bay in large bowl. Stir in milk until mixture is consistency of thick pancake batter. Dip crabs, one at a time, making sure to coat all sides well. Lift crab by large claw and let excess batter drain off. Fry in deep fat at 375 degrees until golden brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes. Drain and serve immediately

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