Monday, May 15, 2006

Fresh. Crabby. Salad-Like.

DucCat was off to racing school, leaving me facing 2 pounds of fresh jumbo lump crabmeat. I know, tough stuff, right?

The first batch were made into crabcakes, then frozen. As for the remaining pound, I flipped through a few cookbooks. Finally, 'Very Virginia'offered up a light, simple crab salad; best of all, it was mayonnaise-free.

I mixed everything up, and let it sit for about three hours. I'd been expecting more of a bite from the horseradish and paprika, but the flavours had mellowed remarkably. Next time, I'll add a touch more spice, but for a practically effortless Sunday supper, this was just right.
Dockside Crab Salad 1
Dockside Crab Salad

from Very Virginia

1 pound fresh crabmeat, cleaned and picked through
2 cups finely chopped celery
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
lettuce leaves

In a large bowl, gently combine crabmeat and celery. In a separate bowl, combine salt with next three ingredients. Add horseradish, oil, lemon juice and vinegar to salt mixture, blending well. Taste and adjust as necessary. Pour mixture over crabmeat and celery, and toss gently to combine. Chill at least two hours, then serve on a bed of lettuce.


Blogger iamchanelle said...

although i am not a seafood girl (grew up landlocked, can you blame me?) i must say that is quite a pretty presentation! love the flowers and greens.

May 15, 2006 10:28 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Wow - such a beautiful presentation! Did you use metal rings, or just stack it and hope for the best?

May 15, 2006 2:45 PM  
Blogger s'kat said...

iac, certainly can't blame you, but thanks!

MeBeth- no metal rings, I went the cheap route, using an old coffee can with the bottom cut out.

May 15, 2006 2:54 PM  
Anonymous sher said...

You poor thing--having to deal with 2 pounds of jumbo lump crab meat! GAH!!!!! It looks beautiful! Did you eat the entire remaining pound of crabmeat yourself? Hey, i can see myself doing it very easily!

May 15, 2006 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Yum, yum, yum. Fresh lump crabmeat is good just about any way you fix it, if you ask me. Lovely!

May 15, 2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Great presentation...all about stackin' high! :D

May 16, 2006 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Gorgeous piece of art!! Looks like Lots of flavors to compensate for no mayo!

May 16, 2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

oh my god, i love crabcakes, but a healthy crab salad sounds even better!!

May 17, 2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Looks too pretty to eat.........just kidding, pass a fork over here so I can try that bad boy.

May 20, 2006 10:33 AM  

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