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rouxdog

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crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 2:31 PM (permalink)
I plan to steam the frozen cooked legs for heat along with drawn  butter and lemon wedges. Question, what side dishes do you suggest? My first thought is rice pilaf, carrots w/ broccoli and key lime pie for dessert. Other considerations please....... I would prefer the rice dish topped with an appropriate sauce. Ideas please......
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    KonaErnie

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    Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 2:40 PM (permalink)
    Couscous and perhaps some grilled veggies  (onions, zucchini, mushrooms and red or yellow peppers). 
     
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      Michael Hoffman

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      Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 3:14 PM (permalink)
      I have to tell you, when I do crab legs the only side dishes I have are there to hold the dead shells. 
       
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        Greymo

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        Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 3:16 PM (permalink)
        When we have crab legs,   we have a small salad while waiting for the crab legs  and then   the only other thing we serve is lots of butter and  plently of napkins
         
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          jellybear

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          Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 3:46 PM (permalink)
          Linquine with a load of Garlic and crushed red pepper and parsley. I like to take the Crabmeat out and mix it with the pasta.A Salad with Oil & Vinegar would follow. I would add Boiled Red Blss Potaoes and Corn on the Cob to the list too.
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            Ahi Mpls.

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            Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 3:55 PM (permalink)

            Corn on the cob , fried green tomatoes ,and a really nice chewey-crunchy french bread!!
             
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              seatown76

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              Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 4:55 PM (permalink)
              I have done whole artichokes. This way it is an all finger food meal. I use a garlic aioli with lemon added for the chokes and lemon with a roasted garlic butter for the crab. But then again I just love dipping things in different sauces.

              This topic makes me wish I was back home in the PNW!
               
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                beijinger

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                Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 6:19 PM (permalink)
                Seatown76 that's 2 of us wishing back in PNW. Side dish with crab best thing i found to serve is more crab.
                 
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                  seatown76

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                  Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 6:59 PM (permalink)
                  beijinger


                  Seatown76 that's 2 of us wishing back in PNW. Side dish with crab best thing i found to serve is more crab.


                  Well it looks like you are a lot more closer then me. Dang it all all have out here is that darn atlantic salmon and if we are lucky some way over priced crab!
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                    beijinger

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                    Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 8:30 PM (permalink)
                    Nope home maybe close to PNW but work has me in China haven't been home 17 months. Did have a wonderful surprise last trip home, welcoming home gift were 5 beautiful crabs.
                     
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                      stricken_detective

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                      Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 9:21 PM (permalink)
                      Dirty rice?
                      Otherwise you could do plain ol rice with Old Bay sprinkled in before serving. Mmmmmm.
                       
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                        ynotryme

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                        Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sat, 05/2/09 11:35 PM (permalink)
                        In central new york, it would be corn on the cob and salt potato's (quarter size potato's boiled in salt water and butter)
                         
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                          CajunKing

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                          Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 12:03 AM (permalink)
                          grilled asparagus with boiled new (red bliss) potatoes

                          rice pilaf or risotto
                           
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                            jeepguy

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                            Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 4:07 AM (permalink)
                             French fries and coleslaw.
                             
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                              ann peeples

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                              Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 11:13 AM (permalink)
                              All of the ideas sound great. I like freshly steamed green beans with some freshly grated parmesan cheese-and a good loaf of crusty Italian bread...
                               
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                                Rusty246

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                                Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 2:51 PM (permalink)
                                I'm with Michael on this one, just a side of plates for the shells, BUT I have done them like a shrimp boil, with the potatoes, corn, garlic, etc.  adding the crab legs at the end.
                                 
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                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                  Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 3:25 PM (permalink)
                                  I think I'm going to have to make a run to the supermarket in the next couple of days. I hear king crab calling. And I just happen to have plenty of butter and a couple of lemons.
                                   
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                                    rouxdog

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                                    Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 4:01 PM (permalink)
                                    Thank you for the great suggestions. I've made note of all. Next, I will look over the list, see what we have available and choose. Thanks again.
                                     
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                                      fabulousoyster

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                                      Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Sun, 05/3/09 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                      Just exactly as you wrote it, rice (anyway you like it) carrots, broccoli, key lime pie.
                                       
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                                        AndreaB

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                                        Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Mon, 05/4/09 9:00 AM (permalink)
                                        We like to have corn on the cob, cole slaw or a chopped salad, and hot French bread with brie.  We don't usually do dessert but if we do it would be key lime or lemon meringue pie.  

                                        Whatever you choose will be good --- the crab legs will trump all!

                                        Andrea
                                         
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                                          WarToad

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                                          Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Mon, 05/4/09 9:14 AM (permalink)
                                          Since we're essentially talking finger food, I stick with finger food.  Corn on the cob, garlic/parmasean bread, steamed artichokes with dipping butter...  you get the picture.  Make it a utensil-free meal.
                                           
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                                            Reaper

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                                            Re:crab legs, what side dishes? Mon, 05/4/09 7:22 PM (permalink)
                                            jeepguy


                                             French fries and coleslaw.


                                            and hush puppies and ice cold beer, sitting on a dock at night with a warm ocean breeze listening to Jimmy Buffet music
                                             
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