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Dinner Tonight Help! Crab, potatoes, lettuce and not much else..

elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:00 PM

Hi, I am totally blanking at the moment and don't want to go to the store. I have maybe a cup and a half of crab meat (maybe 2? it came from just the body of 2 crabs) I need to feed 3 adults. I also have potatoes, half and half, and lettuce to make a cesar salad. How in the world can I stretch out that little crab to feed two really hungry men? Anyone got more sleep then me and can figure this riddle out, or am I stuck making a supermarket run? I appreciate the help and the quickest the better! Thanks!

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  1. Quine RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:07 PM

    Well.....I'd say....pasta, cream sauce (half-n-half) with the crab, cold vinaigrette potato salad served over the lettuce? Check your freezer to see if you have any frozen veggies that can add to your salad : green beans, peas, broccoli etc.

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      elliora RE: Quine Dec 30, 2008 01:12 PM

      Pasta was my first though too, but I'm out of that also. I went from finals week to having a sick kid to Christmas, so my pantry is a bit depleted at the moment.

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        Quine RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:15 PM

        Oh man that is tough! Root through your pantry and freezer, tell us what you do have, let us get a go at that!

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          elliora RE: Quine Dec 30, 2008 01:39 PM

          A bag of green beans from trader joes and some canned tomatoes oh and cheese. Yup I really need to go the store one of these days! Oh and two loaves of french bread, one that should be stale (was going to make croutons if nothing better came up for the lettuce)

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      critter101 RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:18 PM

      Do you have any kind of filler (bread crumbs, onions, bell peppers) so you can stretch the crab, and make crab cakes to go atop the salad? With the half and half and potatoes, make a soup. Soup and a salad - sounds good to me.

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        elliora RE: critter101 Dec 30, 2008 01:37 PM

        I thought of crab cakes but am not sure I have enough stuff to make it taste good. I could make bread crumbs, would that and yellow onions make a tasty enough crab cake?

      2. lynnlato RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:20 PM

        My first thought was twice baked potatoes with crab and cheese (gruyere, provolone, muenster, jack, etc). If you have Greek yogurt , scallions and mushrooms - even better. Serve the potatoes with your caesar salad.

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          elliora RE: lynnlato Dec 30, 2008 01:36 PM

          I saw a recipe for that on-line and I do have a good cheddar for baked potatoes., but I was worried that the crab would be drowned out in that recipe. It took me forever to clean that crab! Can you still taste the crab?

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            lynnlato RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:54 PM

            I wish I could say, elliora. I've never made them. I just found the idea online after it seemed like a good marry of the ingredients you have on hand. I fully appreciate your concern too.

            As another reviewer suggested, you could make a lovely romaine salad tossed with the roasted potatoes, crab meat and a dijon vinaigrette - but I fear it wouldn't be enough to satisfy your "hungry men". :)

        2. soypower RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 01:20 PM

          How about crab chowder and salad?

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            Quine RE: soypower Dec 30, 2008 01:47 PM

            oooh crab chowder, yeah. You still have the shells to help with the broth? If you have cheese, and hopefully bread, make some sort of grilled bread with cheese to serve as "scoopers" with the chowder and salad.

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              elliora RE: Quine Dec 30, 2008 01:49 PM

              no crab shells and no broth, could I still make crab chowder because that does sound very good

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                masha RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 02:05 PM

                If you have canned chicken or vegetable broth, you could probably use that, although it would not have the strong crab flavor.

          2. enbell RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 02:04 PM

            Do you have enough for crab-melt type sandwiches? Use the potatoes for home fries or oven fries, and have a salad. Or baked potatoes topped with crab alfredo sauce (could you add the green beans to the sauce?) and a salad.

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              elliora RE: enbell Dec 30, 2008 02:38 PM

              Can anyone expand on the baked potatoes with crab, are these good, can you taste the crab? Is it better to make it twice baked, like posted above, or with the crab alfredo sauce? Because it turns out one loaf of bread is bad, the other can only be used for croutons. So no sandwiches, and I really feel like I don't have enough to make a tasty soup. The potato idea is my last hope before resigning myself to go to the store.

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                enbell RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 02:48 PM

                Um, I have no idea - but why not try...is that a poor excuse. It works in my head. Maybe twice-bakes with crab and cheese, a side of the beans and a salad.


                Could you sub the bacon out and use the crab?

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              elliora RE: elliora Dec 30, 2008 03:03 PM

              Thank you so much everyone! This has been a great thread and I am so using some of these ideas in the future. But I'm just going to make the twenty minute run to traders joes, my pantry is crying. Plus I spent so much time picking that crab that I would hate to waste it on a dish I threw together. Thanks again!

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