We'll have 3 other couples joining us for dinner next Saturday night. I've already promised one of the guys we'll have stone crab. Since I'll be trekking to the fish market Saturday morning and the farmers market is next door, I'm thinking maybe we'll just do a seafood feast with some sides. (All these people are seafood lovers, so I don't have to do anything special for allergies or dislikes, etc.)
This will be a very casual gathering. I may just do family-style and put out big bowls of cracked stone crab, steamed-in-the-shell shrimp, steamed oysters and some fried blue-crab "cocktail" claws, with remoulade, cocktail and tartar sauces, along with melted butter for dipping.
I don't know what to do for sides. Obviously, I'll need some bread or hushpuppies (not sure I want to fry crab claws and hush puppies). What else? Cole slaw? I mineownself would be happy with a big pile of steamed oysters and some crackers, but I'd like to offer my guests a little more variety. :-)
I'm a little worried about timing... steaming oysters and frying crab claws, to get it all on the table hot. Should I do it in "waves", or just better to dump it all out there and let everybody dig in?
Publix makes a good key-lime pie and I may just get those for dessert. (I won't have a lot of time for cooking on this one.)
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