Informal crab feast menu???
I'd love some ideas for a menu built around cracked crab - one per person for the six in attendance. What do YOU like in that situation?
Do a search on sfgate recipes for "frogmore stew" for great one pot meal for a crowd. However, after hostessing a dozen or so crab feeds, I've found that people tend to be completely focused on the crab, so this year we just kept it simple: different dipping sauces (singaporean chili, thai curry, garlic/ginger/scallion oil), boiled potatoes, bread, green salad, and potluck wine/dessert. Oh, and get extra crab for greater happiness.
Here's my standard routine.
-- curried carrot soup (adds color and heat to the meal) with sourdough garlic toast.
-- a large cold steamed artichoke for each participant,
-- cold hollandaise sauce* (for both the artichoke and the crab
-- seasoned rice vinegar for dieters
-- cracked crab
* cold hollandaise sauce: make some hollandaise; bring to room temperature; add about half as much sour cream; add mustard to taste.
For Christmas Eve we had steamed crabs with melted butter, garlic bread, and green beans. Everyone enjoyed it.