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Informal crab feast menu???

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Toots4120 Dec 30, 2011 01:57 AM

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?

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    rubadubgdub Dec 30, 2011 04:40 AM

    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.

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    1. re: rubadubgdub
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      Toots4120 Dec 30, 2011 07:54 PM

      Several really good ideas here - best is the artichokes, which I will definitely be doing! Any thought about an appropriate dessert that can be mostly completed the day before or that morn? Thanks, all!

    2. Robert Lauriston Dec 30, 2011 09:13 AM

      Melted butter, aioli, crusty bread, steamed artichokes.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Glencora Dec 30, 2011 09:22 AM

        That's exactly what we've always done.

      2. m
        ML8000 Dec 30, 2011 10:54 AM

        Some people do stuff with the crab "butter".

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          Sharuf Dec 30, 2011 01:50 PM

          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.

          1. Euonymous Dec 30, 2011 05:12 PM

            For Christmas Eve we had steamed crabs with melted butter, garlic bread, and green beans. Everyone enjoyed it.

            1. t
              Toots4120 Dec 30, 2011 07:57 PM

              Going to try this again - meant to post at the end of the chain:

              Several really good ideas here - best is the artichokes, which I will definitely be doing! Any thought about an appropriate dessert that can be mostly completed the day before or that morn? Thanks, all!

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