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Monday, March 02, 2009

Roasted Garlic Crab and Drunken Noodles

Yum-Yum! So Good!
If you look at the tags in the sidebar, you see that this is not a food blog. I have several friends who, on their blogs, do specialize in wonderful recipes and presentations. Our most frequent form of entertaining involves the barbecue, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, salsa and chips. Luckily we live in delightful So Cal.

But--sometimes I do end up with something worth sharing and last night qualifies. If you like crab, lots of garlic and noodles then this is for you. If not, then best read no further.

Roasted Garlic Crab
Adapted from Recipezaar

3-4 Dungeness Crab--cooked, cleaned, cracked
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic large cloves finely minced (or amount to your liking)
Fresh ground pepper (I used a lot)
  1. Preheat oven to 500º
  2. In a large oven proof-bowl (I used a big dutch oven) heat olive oil and butter in the oven. You want the container to be hot when the crab goes in it.
  3. Stir cracked crab pieces (legs and body) into hot butter and oil mixture; add minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss and stir well.
  5. Bake for 6 minutes and toss well.
  6. Bake 6 minutes or until crab is heated through and garlic is light brown.
  7. Remove from oven, toss and, if you want, add lemon juice (I didn't.)
  8. Leave crab in bowl or pot so it will keep warm.
  9. Serve with good crusty bread to dip in juice.

Drunken Noodles

16 oz. wide egg noodles
6 Tbsp. butter
7 cups chicken broth
Minced garlic--3 or so large cloves
Salt and ground pepper

In a large skillet, melt butter. Lightly brown uncooked noodles (won't brown evenly). Add chicken broth, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and then simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until they're the softness you like..

(My son thought it was really good to use some of the garlic sauce from the crab on the noodles.)

Enjoy! You probably don't want to prepare this on a night when you're going someplace involving people. Forum Smileys


Judith in Umbria said...

Complimenti, Jane! Did you make the noodles?

Kim said...

Okay - so I never cook crab - here's the question - did you buy them already cooked? Or were they live and you steamed them first? If so, how long?

Jane said...

Judith--you ask too much of me!

Kim--well, some of the recipes I checked did talk about live crab but got them already cooked which is just fine. Costco often has a crab/lobster/clam stand so I usually get something then; it can be hard to find the crab unless in San Francisco (normally we just eat them cold with mayonnaise.) If you make this, let me know what you think.

barb cabot said...

Jane thank you so much. This sounds really wonderful and we (Mike)has cooked crab often during the xmas holidays so I'll give this to him to take care of. Anything with garlic we LOVE!

María I. said...

Yum! This sounds delicious. I'll have to check Costco this weekend. Thanks for both recipes.

Anonymous said...

Yes! I love crab!