My neighbor Lyn is what my family refers to as "good people." The very embodiment of gracious living. It's not because her house is always tidy, warm and welcoming (although it is) and it's not because she comes to a neighborhood gathering with the side dish that everyone raves about (although she does), and it is not because she was raised to be generous with a laugh, a helping hand or a spot-on recipe (okay, maybe it is a bit of that)... It is because Lyn knows that spreading the good stuff around (a loaf of pumpkin bread, a ride home for my boy from soccer camp, an "I'm with you" sigh at the end of my latest bee-in-my-bonnett tirade) is what makes our world a better place.
We recently hosted some family from the west coast. I wanted to serve an authentic eastern shore delicacy: the crab roll. I knew Lyn would have the right stuff. This is her note to me with the version her family has used for years.
Hope this helps, Jenny... It's not fancy, but there is something about the combination of the good lump crab with a plain old hot dog bun (oh, and the butter!) Truthfully I do a lot of winging it with what I have on hand. Some of my best dishes have been a result of being out of an ingredient. At the very least, each meal is a surprise.
And that is how it should be. A little butter, a bit of winging it and the ability to roll with the surprise results! Thanks, Lyn.
Crab Rolls 1 pound Phillips lump crab 1 stick butter 1 package hotdog rolls Old bay
Rinse crab Melt a few pats of butter in a pan Split hot dog rolls and toast in the pan Melt the rest of the butter and add to crab Spread crab on the rolls... Season with Old Bay to taste
For a more traditional twist roll Same as above, but substitute 2 spoonfuls of mayonnaise (the real stuff) for the butter that is added to the crab. You basically just want enough to stick to the crab. Chill until it holds together. Scoop onto the toasted roll and add a ripe slice of tomato.