Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crabo Loading

First day of the Dungeness crab season. I can't recall if I've ever had fresh crab on the first day...
But we decided to pay homage today. At first, we tormented ourselves with how we would prepare the crab. When we were close to not agreeing, we almost decided to punt the crab for another day.
But then I decided not only to pay homage to the crab, but to honor its purity. No muckety-muck. Purity! With tweaks.
What we did, then, was to take the fresh picked lump meat and warm it in a little saucepot of butter and garlic (the garlic had been merely swiped over the sides and bottom of the pot). Lots of butter. I added more.
Put your warm, buttery crab meat into bowls and shower ever so lightly with truffle salt.
That parsley leaf? Way too strong for this delicate delicacy. Way too strong.
Eat with buttered bread and collapse into a crustacean coma. Somebody (not saying) is horizontal on the couch right now.

23 comments:

Zoomie said...

We've been watching the crabbers on the nightly news, just waiting for opening day. Then we got busy and forgot. Maybe this weekend.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: They'll be around for a while, don't worry. This was mainly a ritualistic thing. And, we knew the crab was pretty fresh!

Zia said...

That looks amazing. I'll have to get some for Zio!

Kailyn said...

I am salivating. I plan to just warm the crab up and dip in melted butter. But probably not until tomorrow night.

cookiecrumb said...

Zia: I'm scared you'll try it and find it wimpy. We debated minced fresh-picked cayenne from the garden. Would have loved it.
Zhuzh it up if you're inclined.

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: But yeah. Exactly. :)

kudzu said...

I was SO lucky to have large fresh crabs donated to my family by a sports fisherman last week! (They are allowed an earlier start to the season.) Because arrival times for guests were iffy, we ate it cold. Some of the people dipped it in a mayonnaise type sauce. I used only lemon. Lemon. Bread and butter. Fabulous white wine. The Bay is wonderful.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: Lucky indeed! Really cool.
Thanks for affirming my "little-intervention" method of eating it. And bread. Must have bread.
We nearly picked a lemon from our tree, a little unripe. But...
Oh, and I do like cold crab with mayo. How kind of nature to bless us with these things as the days grow dark.
(Zia is a Texan. Hangs out at Meathenge. Likes things kicky. I worried for her personal tastes.) :D

Greg said...

Wow!That photo is almost a religious experience. Crab on.

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: I took exactly two pictures of this dish. This was the second one. Gold! Turn off the camera.
Thank you.

bewitchingkitchen.com said...

Priceless, the crabo=loading....

I am just starting to train for a half-marathon, so this one tricked me for a second, I do have the 'other' loading in my mind... :-)

The photo is pure photo-porn....

cookiecrumb said...

Sally BK: Whenever anybody asks me if I'm working out, I say, "Well, I'm carbo loading."
Good luck in your half marathon! Impressive.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

O my!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: It's pretty, innit?

Lauren said...

Drool... I came back today, thinking I would have something better to say. Nope. There it be. Do you think these things scuttle down to SoCal?

namastenancy said...

yumyumyuyumyummmmy...I am going to serve crab for Thanksgiving and will do pretty much as you have - keep it simple because the taste of fresh crab is too delicate to muck with.

and did I mention Yummy?

cookiecrumb said...

Lauren: I do think you can get Dungeness in Southern California. It might be frozen, but c'est la vie. Check with Whole Foods. I really have no idea, but I bought Dungeness in Florida once, and you're a lot closer to the source. Good luck.

Nancy: That is so very San Francisco of you. Take it easy and let the crab do most of the heavy lifting. :)

Chilebrown said...

homage,honor,purity and oh brother. They are bottom feeders that are darn tasty.

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: I know. A little uppity. But I do honor the Dungeness, and the Dungeness honors the Bay Area.
(I understand you honored your Dungeness by making crab cakes.)
Bottom feeders, yum!

Shine said...

I try to avoid using superlatives when discussing food but this is truly - my very favorite food to eat Cookie. I think you chose the best way to prepare it and let it shine.

cookiecrumb said...

Shine: Thanks for the ultimate compliment. We are ready to have another go-round with the crab.

Hungry Dog said...

I want this.

cookiecrumb said...

Dog: You should have no trouble getting this!