LOOKING for: What to serve with Dungeness Crab

goodeatsDecember 8, 2006

Hi All

We're having some friends over for a crab feed and I'm at a loss as to what to serve with it. I've always had crab cold in a salad, but my friends prefer it hot. What side dishes would you serve with it, other than the requisite salad and french bread?

Thanks a lot!

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I'll bring the wine! YUM! Who needs anything else?
Salad, bread and possibly a baked potato. But the crab's the star of the show!
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 8, 2006 at 1:14AM
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Last time I cooked Dungeness I did an asian version and just served rice. I like rice with crab better than baked potatoes.

Home Cookin Chapter: Recipes From Thibeault's Table

2 live dungeness crab

Clean and cut into halves or quarters. Crack legs and claws so favours are absorbed.

1/4 cup Peanut oil
3 to 4 minced Garlic cloves
1 tablespoon grated Ginger
1 teaspoon Chili Paste
1 to 2 tablespoons Honey
2 to 3 tablespoons of Rice Wine vinegar
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 red pepper cut into strips
1 green pepper cut into strips
1 bunch of green onions sliced

Heat the oil in a wok, until very hot. Add the crab and toss to coat
with oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 20 seconds. Add the
chili paste, honey, rice wine vinegar and a little chicken broth.
Cover and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the red and green
peppers, cover and continue to cook until crab is almost cooked. Mix
the cornstarch with a little chicken broth and add to the pan. Simmer
another minute to two. Add the green onions and cilantro. Serve over
basmati rice.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2006 at 1:52AM
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I like to do crab boils, with the crab, onions, garlic, potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob and shrimp if I have it available all cooked together. Boil it all together with lots of shrimp/crab boil, putting the onions, garlic, potatoes and sausage in first, then after they start getting cooked, add the crab and finish off with the corn and shrimp. Serve it on a big platter with lots of melted butter, lemon and/or lime wedges, cocktail sauce and tarter sauce. And don't forget lots of paper towels.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2006 at 5:09PM
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Here is one way we serve crab here in Sonoma County as we get it right
off the crab boats.

Cracked Dungeness Crab with Lemon and Garlic

In the winter months, Dungeness crabs are harvested off the coast of Northern California. We think they are the world's best crab, with a unique sweet flavor that is not found in any other seafood. Of course, there are any number of ways to prepare them, but here is one of our favorites.

3 heavy Dungeness crabs, alive if possible, or freshly boiled (never frozen!)
3 whole lemons
2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup, fresh finely chopped parsley
1 1/2 cups, olive oil
1 teaspoon, white pepper
2 tablespoons, dried tarragon

If crabs are still alive, rinse wel and plunge them whole into boiling water in a large crab cooker (about 5 gallon capacity).
Remove when the crabs have cooked to bright red color, and allow to cool at room temperature.
When the crabs are cool, break off the legs and peel off the top shell, removing the innards but leaving a bit of the yellowish fat.
Crack the body lengthwise, and crack each leg segment with pliers.
Place crabs in large mixing bowl.
Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a small bowl, add olive oil, tarragon, pepper and parsley.
Use garlic press to squeeze garlic into mixture, then mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture over crab pieces, and toss, then allow crabs to marinate for one hour, tossing occasionally.
Serve in large soup bowls with bread sticks, butter and ice cold champagne, or dry white wine. We like to have a few heads of Belgian endive, so that the leaves can be dipped into the crab marinade.

This will serve about 6 persons.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2006 at 10:34AM
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Oh Ramona! I'm positively drooling here.....for real!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2006 at 11:21AM
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Crab Cioppino a la Mary Panizerra
Occidental Union Hotel

Some of the greatest culinary treats are to be found in the tiny Russian River town of Occidental, originally founded by Russian explorers commissioned by Catherine the Great. Much after the Russians, Italian families settled in Occidental, and founded three of the most famous Italian restaurants in Sonoma County: Negri's, Fiori's, and the Union Hotel. Of the three, Mary Panizzera's Union Hotel was the place where our family and friends would always converge for a big feast, just before Christmas, when the fresh dungeness crabs were available in nearby Bodega Bay.

2 large Dungeness crabs (cooked or raw)
1/2 pound, fresh thresher shark or ling cod
1/4 pound, fresh prawns
1 pound, raw clams in shells
1/2 cup, olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup, fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 cup, Marsala sherry
1 small (about 12 ounce) can, tomato sauce
1 medium (about 16 ounce) can, stewed tomatoes
1/3 cup, dry Italian mushrooms, chopped
1/4 teaspoon, salt
1/2 teaspoon, white pepper
1/4 teaspoon, tarragon
1 small whole bay leaf
1 1/2 pounds, linguini noodles

For sauce:
Brown onion, garlic and parsley in olive oil. '
Add fat of crab.
When onions are translucent, add to pot containing tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes.
Add sherry, mushrooms and seasonings.
Add shark or ling cod, in two-inch square chunks.
Allow to simmer on low heat for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
20 minutes before serving, add crab, clams and shrimp. Shake pot occasionally.
When mixture is looked, serve over linguini.

For raw crab:

If crabs are still alive, rinse well and plunge them whole into boiling water in a large crab cooker (about 5 gallon capacity).

For cooked crab:

Remove top of shell, and gills, but retain crab fat.
Then remove legs, cracking each section with back of cleaver or pliers, but leaving crab legs whole.
Split crab body lengthwise in middle, then crosswise, resulting in four large chunks of body meat.
Add to sauce with prawns and clams.

Recipe serves 6

    Bookmark   December 9, 2006 at 5:08PM
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