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crab is a pure delight and combined with some Spanish
classics, the result is a spectacular Mediterranean
style starter or indulgent tapas dish.
to cook a live crab
Fresh crab is definitely the best way to go as once
the crab has died, it deteriorates very quickly. Don't
be put off about cooking a live crab as it is not
as complicated or scary as many people think. When
you bring your crab home, it will be perfectly ok
in a small container covered with a damp cloth and
kept in the fridge until it is time to cook it.
an hour or two before you want to cook the crab, place
it in the freezer which will put it into a state of
deep consciousness and is said to be a humane way
of killing and cooking the crab effectively. Also
if you place a live crab without freezing first, straight
into boiling water, it will shed its shell and legs
as it will feel threatened.
before you bring the crab out of the freezer, bring
a large pot of salted water to the boil and when it
is boiling drop the crab in, cover and lower the heat.
for 10 - 15 minutes, depending on the size. When it
is cooked, the shell will be a lovely bright red colour.
Remove from the pot and leave to cool.
for Mediterranean Crab Recipe
fresh crab, cooked and cooled
Small boiled potatoes
Alioli - garlic mayonnaise
Handful fresh chopped parsley
Assortment of black and green olives
to make Mediterranean Crab Recipe
the crab is cool enough to handle, remove the claws
and legs, crack open and pull out the flesh.
turn over the shell and twist the tail flap so it
comes off. Place a knife in between the main shell
and the part where the legs were, twist to open up
and then take out the brown meat.
to keep the main shell intact as it will be used for
serving. Pull of the head part and scrape away the
gills and intestines and any yellow 'mush' in the
cavities (also known as crab butter)
a spoon, scrape out as much remaining meat as possible.
out the shell and into the bottom, place a few boiled,
chopped potatoes and stuff the rest of the shell with
some lemon juice over the meat and sprinkle with chopped
the shell onto a plate and around the edge place the
olives, some potatoes and a generous amount of alioli.
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