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Foodbme

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Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Tue, 06/12/12 4:38 PM (permalink)
While there are many "Au Gratin's", Crabmeat is one of the best!
What's your favorite restaurant for Crabmeat Au Gratin?
Do you have a great Crabmeat Au Gratin Recipe? Please post it!
Here's mine:
Crab Meat Gratin
 INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons minced carrot
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound fresh lump crab meat, picked over (about 1 1/2 cups)
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Accompaniment: lightly toasted thin French bread slices
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat broiler.
In a small heavy saucepan cook carrot, celery, and bell pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring, 1 minute.
Add broth, vermouth or wine, and tarragon and boil mixture until liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon.
Add cream and boil sauce until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in crab meat, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste and divide mixture between two 1-cup shallow baking dishes.
Sprinkle Parmesan over crab mixture and set dishes in shallow baking pan.
Broil gratin about 4 inches from heat 2 minutes, or until bubbling and golden, and serve with toasts.           
Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.
Yield: Serves 2
 
 
 
#1
    mar52

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    Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Tue, 06/12/12 5:07 PM (permalink)
    Great recipe, thanks.
     
    I still owe myself a jelly donut from last week.
     
    #2
      Michael Hoffman

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      Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Tue, 06/12/12 6:21 PM (permalink)
      Seems as if there's an awful lot of stuff getting in the way of the wonderous flavor of fresh crab.
       
      #3
        rumaki

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        Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Tue, 06/12/12 7:14 PM (permalink)
        I agree.   As good as I am sure the crabmeat au gratin is, to my taste, the simpler the better -- like Crab Norfolk.   http://www.professionalrecipes.com/recipes/seafood/crab-norfolk.html
         
        #4
          CCinNJ

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          Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Tue, 06/12/12 7:37 PM (permalink)
          Frankie & Johnnie's (now Dino & Harry's) had it on the menu. It was a little spendy...but very good. D&H has it from time to time...

          http://www.dinoandharrys.com/home.php

          Here is a recipe from Pierre Franey...

          http://www.nytimes.com/re...ab-Meat-au-Gratin.html
           
          #5
            MetroplexJim

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            Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Wed, 06/13/12 11:15 AM (permalink)
            A total coincidence, Mrs. Metro made potatos au gratin from a Jacques Pepin recipe the other night; the dish was wonderful company for ribeye and grilled asparagus:
             
            http://www.grouprecipes.com/49686/easy-potato-gratin.html
             
            I "garnished" my portion with bacon bits.
             
            #6
              ScreamingChicken

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              Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Wed, 06/13/12 11:21 AM (permalink)
              I suspect any gratin from Jacques would be quite good.  He made a cauliflower gratin in an episode of Essential Pepin and it looked fantastic.
               
              #7
                CCinNJ

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                Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Wed, 06/13/12 11:36 AM (permalink)
                Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.

                Fair warning.
                 
                #8
                  agnesrob

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                  Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Wed, 06/13/12 3:46 PM (permalink)
                  CCinNJ


                  Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.

                  Fair warning.

                  Now that sounds like a day for me!
                   
                  #9
                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Thu, 06/14/12 4:17 AM (permalink)
                    agnesrob

                    CCinNJ

                    Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.
                    Fair warning.

                    Now that sounds like a day for me!

                    How 'bout a Blue Lobsta for Lobsta Day? There's a 1 in 2,000,000 chance to get one!

                    http://penobscotbaypress.com/multimedia/photos/2012/jun/7/a-small-case-of-the-blues/
                     
                    #10
                      Foodbme

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                      Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Thu, 06/14/12 4:18 AM (permalink)
                      agnesrob

                      CCinNJ

                      Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.
                      Fair warning.

                      Now that sounds like a day for me!

                      How 'bout a Blue Lobsta for Lobsta Day? There's a 1 in 2,000,000 chance to get one!
                      http://penobscotbaypress.com/multimedia/photos/2012/jun/7/a-small-case-of-the-blues/
                       
                      #11
                        CCinNJ

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                        Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Thu, 06/14/12 8:42 AM (permalink)
                        I just caught a Blue Lobsta!!!

                        http://www.petsolutions.c...ctric%20Blue%20Lobster

                        He's only semi-aggressive. He has to be trained.
                         
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                          BelleReve

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                          Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 12:37 PM (permalink)
                          Seems like a lot of recipes and restaurants make au gratin in a rich cream sauce and a lot of gloppy cheese.  I prefer it very simple with nothing detracting from the crabmeat - this recipe (from Tom Fitzmorris' New Orleans Food cookbook) is great:
                           
                          Crabmeat au Gratin
                           
                          1 cup heavy whipping cream
                          1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
                          4 large mushrooms, sliced
                          2 Tbs. green onion tops, chopped
                          1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
                          1 tsp. salt-free Creole seasoning
                          1 tsp. lemon juice
                          5 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
                          1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat
                          2 Tbs. plain bread crumbs
                           
                          Preheat the broiler.  Heat the cream in a small saucepan and reduce by about a third.  Add all of the vegetables and return to a boil.  Stir in the Creole seasoning, lemon juice, and 3 TBS. of the Parmesan.  Add the crabmeat and gently toss in the pan to combine with the sauce, being careful not to break up the lumps.
                           
                          Divide the mixture up into 4 ovenproof dishes for appetizers, or 2 dishes for entrees.  Combine the bread crumbs and remaining cheese together and sprinkle over the top of each dish.  Broil until the sauce begins to bubble, 3-5 minutes.  Serve immediately.
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          aFa g  
                           
                          #13
                            ann peeples

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                            Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 2:00 PM (permalink)
                            Leave it to my friend BelleReve to post an awesome recipe......
                             
                            #14
                              seafarer john

                              Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 2:25 PM (permalink)
                               I've been looking for a crab Norfolk recipe for a long time - thank's Rumaki.
                              As to crab au gratin - as a general rule cheese and seafood do not go well together, and this is especially true of a delicate flavor like crab. However, I'm a firm believer that everyone should eat what he likes and like what he eats - so, those of you who like seafood au gratins , enjoy!
                               
                              Cheers, John 
                               
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                                BelleReve

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                                Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 4:46 PM (permalink)
                                thanks ann, posted twice even- if the Admin is reading this, can I get the duplicate post deleted? 
                                 
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                                  Foodbme

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                                  Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 5:30 PM (permalink)
                                  BelleReve

                                  thanks ann, posted twice even- if the Admin is reading this, can I get the duplicate post deleted? 

                                  You can do it yourself. Look at the toolbar on the Bottom of the message. There's a click-on there that says "Manage Message" open it and you can delete the duplicate. Only the author has access to that click-on.
                                  <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 06/17/12 5:31 PM>
                                   
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                                    BelleReve

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                                    Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! Sun, 06/17/12 5:56 PM (permalink)
                                    thank you Foodbme  
                                     
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