As much as they love turkey and all the trimmings, cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee invite you to try their favorite holiday tradition: a Lowcountry crab party with friends. (Serves 6)
Cracked Crabs

Boiled Peanuts

Carrot and Turnip Slaw With Dill
Dirty Rice
Hominy Stew With Chicken and Chiles

Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake

Credit: Photo: Tara Sgroi; Styling: Olga Naiman

How To Pick a Crab
1. Remove the whole claws by twisting them away from the body. Guard them carefully, but do not eat them yet.
2. Turn the crab upside down, and pry off the apron (small piece on the abdomen).
3. Pry off carapace (top shell), and discard along with innards and gray, spongy gills.
3. Snap the crab body in half right down the middle, separating the two sets of legs.
4. Using the sharp end of one claw as a picking tool, prod the white meat out of the honeycomb-like framework of the crab's body.
5. Crack large leg pieces with a crab cracker, mallet, or kitchen shears (if shells are soft enough), and remove meat.
6. Crack claw pieces with a cracker or mallet and remove meat.