Crab toast is a signature Maryland dish found around the state at many restaurants. Crab toast recipes can vary widely but this Maryland crab toast calls for avocado light mayonnaise and crab as the main base.
You can use a wide variety of breads but the best breads are those with a thicker crust and a softer interior. Try sourdough or French bread.
From Maryland crab toast, Old Bay is an important ingredient. With this recipe will be using the old bay in an light butter base spread on the toast.
Will top it all with a light blend of crab an avocado and a watercress garnish.
This Maryland crab toast recipe is ideal for an appetizer but you can also eat it as a main dish.
You can buy the crab meat from a store or you can pick it on your own. But be sure to use Maryland blue crabs. Lump meat, while a bit more expensive, is ideal. Absolutely DO NOT use imitation crab meat or canned crab meat — it must be fresh Maryland crab.
This may seem like a very simple recipe but that’s the most ideal recipe to showcase crab meat. You can use onions or garlic or strong flavors with crab, but you really don’t need to. Try just a bit of lemon, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, which should do the trick.
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Maryland Crab Toast
- 2 Bowls
- 1 Serving Platter
- 1 Knife
- 1 Toaster or Oven
- 1 Cup Maryland Lump Crab (Handpicked or purchased fresh)
- 1 Avocado, cubed
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3-5 Slices Sourdough, Ciabatta, or French Bread
- 3 Tablespoons Watercress
- Mix Old Bay and Olive Oil to form a paste. Brush each slice of bread with the mixture and then toast lightly. Set toasted bread aside.
- Core and cube an avocado. Combine in a bowl with Maryland lump crab meat, mixing very gently.
- In a separate bowl, whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Gently add the avocado and crab mixture, taking care not to chop the avocado and crab. Simply coat the avocado and crab with the mayonnaise mixture.
- Top each slice of toast with the Maryland crab and avocado mixture.
- Top each Maryland crab toast with a few pinches of watercress.
Creamy Maryland Crab Toast
To make a creamy version of Maryland Crab Toast with crab dip, combine 1 Cup Mayonnaise, 1 Cup Cream Cheese, 1 Tablespoon Old Bay, 1 Teaspoon Vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into a softened mixture. Gently fold in 1 lb of fresh Jumbo lump Maryland crab.
Place the creamy mixture into a casserole dish, about 9 inch by 9 inch, and then top with shredded cheddar cheese. Cook in the oven at about 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Top rounds of French bread with the mixture and sprinkle with chopped parsley.