Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day!

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Foodbme
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Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Tue, 06/12/12 4:38 PM
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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
 
 

mar52
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Tue, 06/12/12 5:07 PM
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Great recipe, thanks.
 
I still owe myself a jelly donut from last week.

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

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Tue, 06/12/12 7:14 PM
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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

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Tue, 06/12/12 7:37 PM
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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

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Wed, 06/13/12 11:15 AM
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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.

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Wed, 06/13/12 11:21 AM
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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.

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

Fair warning.

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


Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.

Fair warning.

Now that sounds like a day for me!

Foodbme
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Thu, 06/14/12 4:17 AM
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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/

Foodbme
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Thu, 06/14/12 4:18 AM
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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/

CCinNJ
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Thu, 06/14/12 8:42 AM
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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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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 12:37 PM
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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.
 
 
 
 
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 2:00 PM
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Leave it to my friend BelleReve to post an awesome recipe......

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 2:25 PM
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 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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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 4:46 PM
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thanks ann, posted twice even- if the Admin is reading this, can I get the duplicate post deleted? 

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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 5:30 PM
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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.
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Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! - Sun, 06/17/12 5:56 PM
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thank you Foodbme