Dungeness crabs, and...
Some girlfriends are coming to visit me in Seattle, and they want to eat dungeness crabs. We'll fix them at home, but that doesn't make a meal (at least not at $30 a crab). What else, that I can either make ahead or takes minimal prep? I'm used to Maryland crabs, which we throw on the table with some corn on the cob and beer.
Oh, my. I lived out on the Olympic Peninsula 30+ years ago, and crabs were so cheap--already steamed, less than $2 each. We were dirt poor, and lived on razor clams we dug ourselves, free salmon from the hatchery where we lived, and crabs from the grocery store.
Now I am not quite dirt poor, but I sure can't afford $30 for a crab.
For a special person from the East Coast, I served one crab each, curried carrot soup with toasted sourdough French bread, and a jumbo-sized artichoke. I had melted butter and cold hollandaise sauce for the crab and artichokes.
Cold hollandaise = hollandaise sauce at room temp, mixed with half as much sour cream and mustard to taste. This keeps nicely in the fridge.
A stuffed avocado half (I stuff them with a savory coleslaw made with a bit of horse radish and some finely chopped shrimp) goes well with just about any sea food main course.
I like the below post of serving steamed artichokes, and having shared dipping sauces for both. You could also roast up some asparagus - to have something not rich on the side as well.
A Ceasar salad would be great with crab as well. And lots of crusty bread. A choice of white wine or beer.
For dessert, fresh strawberries and Full-Tilt salted caramel ice cream. Nice and local.
Let us know what you do!
I can't imagine them being $30 per, except at a place like Whole Foods or a restaurant. Any Asian grocery should have them for about 6 bucks a pound, so about $12 each.
But wherever you get them and whatever you pay, steamed corn, potatoes, artichokes and sausage are always a good bet and you can steam them up at the same time with minimal fuss.