Recipes for Your Own Preakness Party
This weekend marks the 141st Preakness in the race for the Triple Crown. For many of us, going to the race is not an option so why not host your very own Preakness Party at your home? Invite some friends over to enjoy a day at the races. Dress up in your finery and derby-style hats and enjoy a day of fun from your very own couch. Now that you have a plan, what kind of food and drinks would you serve? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at an iconic Maryland dish and two beautiful cocktails for you to serve at your own Preakness party!
Maryland Crab Cakes
Everyone has their own Maryland crab cake recipe, but this one is one of our favorites by Andrew Zimmern. Although this recipe makes four larger crab cakes, you can double it and make nearly 26 donut-hole-sized cakes for your guests. For this recipe, you will need:
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon of hot sauce
- 1 pound of jumbo lump crab meat, make sure there aren’t any shells in the meat
- 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
- ¼ cup of canola oil
- Lemon wedges for serving
In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce together until smooth. Then in a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat together with the cracker crumbs, trying not to break up the lumps of meat. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture then cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Once chilled, scoop the mixture into patties. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering and add the crab cakes making sure to not overcrowd them. Fry over high heat until deeply golden and heated through for about three minutes on each side. Then enjoy!
The Black-Eyed Susan
The black-eyed Susan has been the official cocktail of the Preakness for more than 40 years. For this iconic cocktail, you’ll need:
- ¾ cup of orange juice
- ½ cup of pineapple juice
- 3 tablespoons of vodka
- 3 tablespoons of light rum
- 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur
- Crushed ice
- Garnish with lime slices and fresh cherries
Stir the vodka, rum, orange liqueur, pineapple juice, and orange juice together. Then fill two 12-oz glasses with ice and pour over the ice. Garnish and serve.
Although the black-eyed Susan is the reigning official cocktail, there was actually one before it called the Preakness, although it was never actually served at Preakness. This cocktail was served at the first ever Preakness Ball on May 15, 1936. For this cocktail, you will need:
- 2 ounces of straight rye whiskey
- 1-ounce Martini & Rossi red vermouth
- 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- ½ teaspoon of Benedictine
Stir with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top for garnish.
There you have it, your perfect menu for your 141st annual Preakness Party! Enjoy responsibly and have a great race day !
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