Crab, when you get one

By John Owen | May 09, 2013

Want to meet a cockeyed optimist?   Hang around the Waterfront Cafe any summer morning.   Before long you'll probably spot a couple of kids pulling a wagon out onto the fishing pier. Equipment often includes a small fishing pole, a salmon hookup and a crab ring or two.

If the crabs remain hidden underneath the pier there is an opportunity for a parent with a wallet to buy dinner at the waterfront seafood shop.

And since we're living on Puget Sound there are often inexpensive Dungeness crabs for sale at area supermarkets.

So there is reason for optimism.  You can even be optimistic about the weather.

Granted, a Dungeness crab is best eaten cold with homemade mayonnaise and served with a salad and a loaf of bread.  But there is a rainy-day alternative, which I have termed:


Cold Weather Crab

Clean a Dungeness crab then break off the legs.  Quarter the main section of the beast. Crack the legs and remove large areas of shell so you'll have the opportunity to dig out the crabmeat with a small fork.

Place half a crab in each of two ovenproof dishes.  Then make the following sauce.


2 cups beef bouillon

3 tablespoons catsup

2 minced cloves garlic

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons paprika


Sauce ingredients should be simmered in a pan for a few minutes before pouring atop the crab.

Shove the two bowls into a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

Serve with garlic bread or this homemade alternative.


Cheese Ring

Heat a cup of milk and 1/4 cup of butter in a large saucepan and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a grinding of pepper.

Bring to a full boil then dump in one unsifted cup of flour.

Stir over medium heat for about two minutes or until the dough forms a ball in the pan.

Remove dough from pan and then with the palms of your hands work in four raw eggs until smooth.

Grate one cup of parmesan cheese. Beat half a cup into the dough and reserve the rest.

Grease a baking sheet.  With an ice cream scoop make seven equal-sized balls of dough with sides touching into a circle on the pan.

Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese then shove the baking pan into the center shelf of a 375 degree oven for about 55 minutes.

The cheese ring can be removed about the time you reheat the crab bowls.

And share the meal with an optimist with a wagon load of high expectations.


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