Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day!

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Foodbme
Porterhouse
2012/06/12 16:38:14
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
Sirloin
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/12 17:07:26
Great recipe, thanks.
 
I still owe myself a jelly donut from last week.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/12 18:21:52
Seems as if there's an awful lot of stuff getting in the way of the wonderous flavor of fresh crab.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/12 19:14:11
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
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/12 19:37:23
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
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/13 11:15:41
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.
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/13 11:21:47
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.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/13 11:36:58
Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.

Fair warning.
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/13 15:46:21
CCinNJ

Friday the 15th is Lobster (Lobsta) Day.

Fair warning.

Now that sounds like a day for me!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/14 04:17:35
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
Porterhouse
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/14 04:18:33
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
Sirloin
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/14 08:42:46
I just caught a Blue Lobsta!!!

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

He's only semi-aggressive. He has to be trained.
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 12:37:32
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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ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 14:00:55
Leave it to my friend BelleReve to post an awesome recipe......
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 14:25:31
 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 
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 16:46:07
thanks ann, posted twice even- if the Admin is reading this, can I get the duplicate post deleted? 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 17:30:07
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.
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/06/17 17:31:45
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Celebrate National Crabmeat Au Gratin Day! 2012/06/17 17:56:55
thank you Foodbme