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Serving guests finger foods and snacks on small plates before lunch or dinner is not a modern invention. Even the ancient Romans wearing togas served up various morsels designed to get appetites and conversations in gear while the main course was being prepared.
For Romans of yesterday and today, seafood has played an important role in their appetizer creations. Their repertoire features fish, octopus, oysters, sea urchins, shrimp, and squid.
Beginning of the Modern Appetizer
A few centuries ago, “appetizer” came into being in Great Britain and the United States. The word was basically the English version for French hors d’oeuvre. In the beginning, appetizers were also based on fruit from the sea. The main selections back then were raw clams or oysters, along with small canapés like caviar on toast.
Health Benefits of Seafood
Eating appetizers made from seafood has health benefits as seafood plays an important role in a balanced, healthy diet. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should eat a minimum of two servings or 8 ounces of seafood weekly.
Appetizers the Easy Way
You may be like me, a klutz in the kitchen. I am not skilled preparing small dishes like appetizers. I take the easy way out to ensure my guests are happy before a meal by getting help from The Crab Shack. Check out their delicious seafood appetizers from their menu below.
- Baltimore Steamed Shrimp
- Cajun Popcorn Shrimp
- Crab Dip
- Crab Pretzel
- Crab Sliders
- Fried Calamari
- Fried Clam Strips
- Fried Crab Balls
- Fried Oysters
- Oysters Rockefeller
- Seared Scallops
- Shrimp & Sausage Skillet
- Steamed Mussels
Seeking Super Seafood?
Lovers of super seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year around at our two new locations in Maryland!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.