Monday, 6 June 2011
The other day I bought a live Devon crab. I wanted to try and recreate a dressed crab dish that I had had in London restrauants. The crabcost £5.00. It is expensive but for a starter on a special occasion it's not too bad. I am happy to say that you can make dressed crab for 2 people with one crab. I made stock with the shell.
In a big pan, put 1 onion, 4-5 peppercorns, 2-3 garlic covers,1/4 of dry chilli, 2 tsp salt, boil the cleaned and washed crab for 10-15 mins. Leave to cool. When the crab is cool enough to handle, carefully open it up, take out the white crab meat put in a bowl, but be careful not to include any shell, even tiny pieces. Place the white meat in the fridge .
In a separate bowl, collect the brown meat, add 1 tsp English mustard, mix well, and season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge.
Onto a serving dish, push the white meat into a ring food mould and then carefully add the brown meat on the top. Put rocket salad on the side with a lemon wedge, Serve with brown bread.
It's delicious, do try!!!. Oh, I put razor clams (thinly sliced and marinated in lemon juice and olive oil) on the side (only 1 tsp), it gives another texture.
Stock: put back all the shells in the pot add 1 fennel bulb, 3 garlic cloves and boil for 30 minutes.