The best way to celebrate the birth of our great nation is fireworks and food of course! While some of you may be enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, a local favorite is seafood on the 4th of July. Since Williamsburg is perched perfectly between the James River and the York River, there is plentiful access to freshly fished crabs and other seafood delights. Gather with the family and whip up one of these hometown crab-inspired dishes before you head out to watch the fireworks this weekend!
Cheese and Crab Ball Dip
- 1 can of white crab meat, drained
- 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
- Pinch of garlic powder
Mix cream cheese, garlic powder, and crab meat together. Form into a ball, cover with waxed paper and refrigerate until just before serving.
- ½ c. ketchup
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 tsp. horseradish to taste
Combine ketchup, lemon juice and horseradish. Just before serving, spoon cocktail sauce over crab ball and serve with crackers.
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 c. sour cream
- 1 lb imitation crab meat
- 1 pkg frozen asparagus spears
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 c. Ritz cracker, crushed
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8” baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine mushroom soup, sour cream, crab meat, (thawed, drained, and chopped) asparagus, and pepper. Pour into baking dish. Combine crackers and butter and sprinkle on top of mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until heated and golden brown.
- 1 lb crab meat
- 1 c. rich milk
- 1 c. fresh bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 drops Tabasco
Mold into 8 cakes. Fry in deep fat or broil until golden brown.
Make the most out of your holiday weekend, and enjoy it with good food, family and friends! Happy Fourth of July!