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What have you served alongside crab? Need recs

amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:31 PM

Hello from Sonoma! My friends' parents are taking care of the crab for dinner tonight, my friend and I are responsible for the sides. No idea what to make. Can you help? Thanks!

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  1. Andiereid RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:32 PM

    I always love a good potato gratin and a crisp green salad with my crab legs.

    1. 2m8ohed RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:34 PM

      Garlic bread & salad!

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        kobetobiko RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:35 PM

        I like cold creamy coleslaw! Something about crab and mayo (even not on the same dish) that just make me happy! (or may be it's the beer....)

        1. oakjoan RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:38 PM

          Guess it depends on whether the crab is hot or cold. If it's cold, hot sides seem weird to me. I'd go with a great big salad with different greens and maybe some grapefruit sections and lots of garlic bread - good sourdough or sweet batard-type bread.

          I like crab with a cayenne, lemon juice mayo with maybe a little garlic.

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            Andiereid RE: oakjoan Jan 1, 2007 08:39 PM

            Oh I hadn't even thought about cold. Anytime someone says crab to me, I see big steaming piles of crab legs and some drawn butter. (And my eyes glaze over...mmmmmm)

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              amandine RE: oakjoan Jan 1, 2007 08:41 PM

              It's going to be hot. Thanks for the speedy responses... Definitely thinking bread, salad, potatoes sound good... others?

            2. Das Ubergeek RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:46 PM

              Roasted asparagus -- (garlic) crab and asparagus is a traditional combination in Vietnam.

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                MikeLM RE: amandine Jan 1, 2007 08:48 PM

                Work some avocado into the salad. It goes especially well with crab.


                1. jenniebnyc RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 12:35 AM

                  Old Bay dusted french fries or roasted potatoes.
                  Iceberg wedge with blue cheese, bacon and tomato.
                  And yes, another vote for coleslaw.

                  1. chowser RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 12:42 AM

                    Finger foods--hush puppies, cold asparagus, french fries. This is another dish where I don't know how to eat the sides that require utensils because my hands are messy and it's a pain to clean them off if I'm just going to have a bite of cole slaw or whatever. I usually finish off the crabs and then have the sides but I'd rather eat them together. What do you all do?

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                      ChefGirl412 RE: chowser Jan 2, 2007 12:45 AM

                      I was thinking the same thing - good choices. For a salad, what about using the whole leaf with added ingredients. YUM.

                    2. LaLa RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 01:17 AM

                      Too bad it isn't corn time.


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                        HillJ RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 01:45 AM

                        If you have malt vinegar, it works really well with crab.

                        1. hagar4316 RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 03:57 AM

                          I live on Vancouver Island, and when we say "Crab" we mean Dungeness. The only thing I serve on the side is garlic butter, lots and lots of napkins and a big old paper shopping bag or two for the shells.

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                            BellaDonna RE: amandine Jan 2, 2007 09:25 AM

                            Roasted potatoes
                            Roasted corn on the cob

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