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Crabtastic with Derry Clarke

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


About Crab
You can buy crab live, cooked in the shell, or as picked crabmeat, fresh or frozen, canned or pasteurized. Crabmeat comes as lump crabmeat (body meat), backfin (smaller pieces of body meat), and flake (shreds and flakes from all parts of the crab).

Nutritional value:
This food is low in Saturated Fat. It is also a good source of Niacin, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Selenium.

CRISPY CRAB TOES WITH CHILLI JAM, WASABI MAYONNAISE & CRAB SALAD

CRAB TOES:

INGREDIENTS:
. 24 cooked crab toes
. 200g white crab meat
. Juice of 1 lime
. 2 tbl spoons mayonnaise
. 1 tbl spoon chopped coriander
. 1 red chilli, deseeded & diced
. 100g corn flour, sieved
. 80ml iced water

Method:
Mix the crab meat, lime, mayonnaise, coriander & chilli. Season.
Add the water to the flour in a bowl & whisk to a batter consistency.
Toss the crab toes into some seasoned flour & dip into batter.
Deep fry for 2/3 mins @170° in clean oil until golden & crispy.

CHILLI JAM

INGREDIENTS:
. 150Ml red wine vinegar
. 180ml red wine
. 100g white sugar
. 1cm piece root ginger (peeled & grated)
. 8red chillies (deseeded & finely diced)

METHOD:
Place all ingredients in a saucepan (except chillies)
Cook over a gentle heat for 20mins
Remove from the heat, add the chopped chillies & allow to cool
Transfer to a small container & set aside

WASABI MAYONNAISE
INGREDIENTS:

. 1 Cup mayonnaise
. 1 tbl spoon wasabi paste
. 1 squeeze lemon juice

METHOD:
mix

CRAB & SMOKED HADDOCK FISH CAKE, HERB & GARLIC AIOLI, CRESS & HORSERADISH SALAD

INGREDIENTS:
. 200g white crab meat
. 200g natural smoked
. 1 Tbl spoon Thai fish sauce
. 1 Teaspoon chopped dill
. 1 Teaspoon chopped coriander
. 1 Teaspoon chopped parsley
. 200g mashed potato
. 1 chilli (deseeded & diced)

METHOD
Mix all ingredients well & season.
Shape into 8 round fish cakes.
Dip into flour, then beaten egg & then fresh white breadcrumbs.
Heat 2 tbl spoons sunflower oil in a large pan & brown fish cakes on both sides.
Transfer to oven & cook for 10 mins @170°

Garlic & Herb Aioli

Ingredients:
. 1 cup mayonnaise
. 1 clove garlic peeled & crushed
. 1 teaspoon chopped chives
. 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
. 1 teaspoon chopped coriander

Method:
Mix

Salad ingredients:
. 1 lge bunch watercress or any salad leaf
. 1 tbl spoon freshly grated horseradish
. Juice of ½ lemon
. 2 tbl spoons olive oil

Method
toss

Crab is in season at the moment so it's more economical to buy it now. Also, a lot of people are scared of cooking crab so Derry will show us that it's a lot easier than people think.
About Crab
You can buy crab live, cooked in the shell, or as picked crabmeat, fresh or frozen, canned or pasteurized. Crabmeat comes as lump crabmeat (body meat), backfin (smaller pieces of body meat), and flake (shreds and flakes from all parts of the crab).
Nutritional value:
This food is low in Saturated Fat. It is also a good source of Niacin, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Selenium.

Preparation, uses, and tips
To clean hard-shell crab, break off the belly flap on the underside of the shell. Pull shell off the back, starting from the rear. Remove gills from the body. Twist claws and legs off body. Crack the shell using a heavy nutcracker or small hammer. Cut body into halves. Pick out crabmeat using a metal pick, small fork, or the pointed tip at the end of the crab's leg. Use crabmeat in casseroles, crab cakes, soups, salads, and other dishes, or enjoy cooked crabmeat with cocktail sauce.
To clean soft-shell crab, first cut off the face, using scissors. Lift the top shell and pull off and discard the gills. Pull off belly flap.
Different Cooking Methods:
To boil live crab
Fill a large pan with 5 quarts (about 5 liters) of water and bring to a rapid boil. One at a time, plunge the crab headfirst into the boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes for small crabs, 15 to 20 minutes for large crabs. Immerse crabs in cold water for a few seconds when done so they don't overcook.
Pan-frying soft-shell crab
Rinse prepared or thawed frozen crab in cold water. Dredge in flour or cornmeal and seasonings and shake off any excess. Heat oil or butter in frying pan until hot. Add crab and brown on each side for four to five minutes, turning once.
Broiling crab legs
Thaw frozen crab legs. Cut each leg shell down both sides with a sharp knife. Remove top of shell, leaving meat in the bottom. Place bottom shells in a shallow baking pan and brush with butter or oil, seasonings, and lemon juice. Place under broiler for four to five minutes, just until heated through.
Baking crab legs
Place whole cracked legs in a shallow baking pan. Brush with butter or oil, seasonings, and lemon juice. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for about eight minutes.
Microwaving crab legs
Wrap whole or split crab legs in a damp paper towel and cook on high for about two minutes.
CRISPY CRAB TOES WITH CHILLI JAM, WASABI MAYONNAISE & CRAB SALAD

CRAB TOES:

INGREDIENTS:
. 24 cooked crab toes
. 200g white crab meat
. Juice of 1 lime
. 2 tbl spoons mayonnaise
. 1 tbl spoon chopped coriander
. 1 red chilli, deseeded & diced
. 100g corn flour, sieved
. 80ml iced water

Method:
Mix the crab meat, lime, mayonnaise, coriander & chilli. Season.
Add the water to the flour in a bowl & whisk to a batter consistency.
Toss the crab toes into some seasoned flour & dip into batter.
Deep fry for 2/3 mins @170° in clean oil until golden & crispy.

CHILLI JAM

Ingredients
. 150Ml red wine vinegar
. 180ml red wine
. 100g white sugar
. 1cm piece root ginger (peeled & grated)
. 8red chillies (deseeded & finely diced)

Method
Place all ingredients in a saucepan (except chillies)
Cook over a gentle heat for 20mins
Remove from the heat, add the chopped chillies & allow to cool
Transfer to a small container & set aside


Wasabie Mayonnaise
Ingredients

. 1 Cup mayonnaise
. 1 tbl spoon wasabi paste
. 1 squeeze lemon juice

Method:
mix

Crab & Smoked Haddock Fish Cake, Herb & Garlic Aioli Cress & Horseradish Salad.

Ingredients
. 200g white crab meat
. 200g natural smoked
. 1 Tbl spoon Thai fish sauce
. 1 Teaspoon chopped dill
. 1 Teaspoon chopped coriander
. 1 Teaspoon chopped parsley
. 200g mashed potato
. 1 chilli (deseeded & diced)

Method
Mix all ingredients well & season.
Shape into 8 round fish cakes.
Dip into flour, then beaten egg & then fresh white breadcrumbs.
Heat 2 tbl spoons sunflower oil in a large pan & brown fish cakes on both sides.
Transfer to oven & cook for 10 mins @170°

Garlic & Herb Aioli

Ingredients:
. 1 cup mayonnaise
. 1 clove garlic peeled & crushed
. 1 teaspoon chopped chives
. 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
. 1 teaspoon chopped coriander

Method:
Mix

Salad ingredients:
. 1 lge bunch watercress or any salad leaf
. 1 tbl spoon freshly grated horseradish
. Juice of ½ lemon
. 2 tbl spoons olive oil

Method
toss


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