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A Shape of Water-Inspired Baltimore Seafood Menu

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What to pair with Guillermo del Toro’s Baltimore-set fantasy film The Shape of Water? Maryland seafood, of course. But don’t worry, there are no amphibious humanoid creatures on the menu; just classic crab cakes and Old Bay-rubbed shrimp cocktail. Dessert is Maryland’s state dessert, the many-layered Smith Island cake, made famous by the decades-old tradition of Chesapeake watermen.

Menu Timeline

1 Day Ahead

  • Bake the cake layers for the Smith Island cake.
  • Make the cocktail sauce for the shrimp.

3 Hours Ahead

  • Make the crab cake mixture.

2 Hours Ahead

  • Make the Smith Island cake frosting; assemble and frost the cake.

30 Minutes Ahead

  • Make the pattypan succotash.
  • Grill the shrimp.

15 Minutes Ahead

  • Shape and fry the crab cakes.

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