Photo Credit: Randy Mayor, 2006.
Planning your Preakness party just got a lot easier! The Preakness Stakes celebrates its 144th year, and each year the thoroughbred horse race is held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Seafood is a Maryland staple and, of course, has an overwhelming presence in Preakness menus. In addition to Maryland Lump Crab Cakes, there is also Oysters Chesapeake that should be on the menu as well. This dish combines two of the Chesapeake’s most beloved foods: oysters and crabs.With the classic Black Eyed Susan cocktail, no Preakness party would be complete without this inviting finger food directly from the Bay.
1 tablespoon minced chives
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
One 6 1/2-ounce container of lump crabmeat, undrained
2 slices of white bread
1 teaspoon butter, melted
12 shucked oysters
Fresh chives, mince, for garnish
Lemon wedges, for serving
Preheat the broiler.
In a large bowl, add the chives, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, black pepper, bacon
and crab meat. Stir gently to combine
Place the white bread in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs measure about 1 cup. Combine breadcrumbs and butter in a small bowl.
Arrange oysters on a broiler pan. Spoon about 1 tablespoon crab mixture over each oyster; sprinkle each with about 1 teaspoon breadcrumb mixture. Broil 7 minutes or until tops are golden browned and oysters are done.
Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with chives, if desired.
Cook the oysters on the bottom broiler rack of the oven to prevent the breadcrumbs from burning before the oysters are cooked through.