Crab and Chorizo Croquettes

This one is for my boy Tony “T-Bone” Kemmitzer as his Mother made us her crab croquettes a few years back for a food show in Atlanta, one of the best things we ever served at a food show, BTW. This is a slightly bumped up version and in working out the recipe I realized how many other great dishes could be made from the same ingredients, which started this project and 20 recipes later, here we are. We let’s start with these, crispy and crunchy on the outside, creamy, crabby and a little spicy on the inside (not hot spicy, flavor spicy).

Romesco Sauce

This is a classic Spanish roasted pepper sauce that pairs well with a wide variety of items and will become a staple in your go to recipes. Again, you caan adapt this sauce with suit your tastes, give it a Southwest kick with a little chipotle and the addition of cilantro.

Chorizo and Pepper Sauté

This is the second base recipe from the Spanish style crab and chorizo croquettes. It is a mix finely diced Spanish style chorizo, roasted red peppers, shallot and garlic. It can be used as a flavor boost to a wide variety recipes. The same idea can be adapted for other cuisines, for example for Creole, substitute the chorizo for andouille and use fresh diced peppers, onions and celery in place of the vegetables.

Manchego Mornay Sauce

This is one of the base recipes that is used to build the series for recipes all starting with a Spanish style crab & chorizo croquette. The classic béchamel has a flavor boost from the addition of some finely shredded aged Manchego cheese. This is an excellent cream sauce base that can be used for a huge variety of applications and the volumes are very easy to adjust to suit your needs (equal amounts of fat to flour and 8x as much whole milk as either – the recipe is 4oz butter to 32oz milk). The cheese is optional, however, you will need to heavily season the mix with salt if not using the cheese.

Crab Au Gratin

This delicious, creamy hot crab dip is a staple in New Orleans and will be a welcome addition to your table. With the start of Lent, seafood dishes are added to many menus and home meals. This included at my favorite and oldest steakhouse in NOLA, Charlie’s, which was owned by friend, Matt, for years following Katrina. This dip was the only addition or change in their menu in 50 years and became a customer favorite almost overnight. The combination of jumbo lump crab meat, melted cheese and Creole spices take this crab dip to new levels. Served with butter toasted crostini of a good French baguette.

Frozen Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Stuffing Mix

Our frozen jumbo lump crab meat is the affordable way to add a premium crab dish to your dinner table. Our frozen crab is made with 100% real swimming crab meat and is not only delicious, but also if very affordable as compared to our traditional refrigerated pasteurized crab meat. This recipe is as versatile as it is easy to make.  From traditional crab cakes, to crab crusted salmon and shrimp, to crab stuffed artichokes and mushrooms. The options are only limited to your creativity.

Hot & Cheesy Crab Dip & Stuffing

This simple to make hot crab dip is the perfect go to for your next party. It can be simply heated and served as a hot dip with chips or vegetables or it also makes a great stuffing for everything from proteins like fish or chicken or vegetables like peppers or mushrooms.

Crab’scargot

What is the best part of the classic escargot dish, the warm, bubbly garlic and parsley butter of course. Well, although most people love the garlic butter, it is the snails that some might not love. So let’s replace the snails with some of our beautiful jumbo lump crab. A simple, easy recipe first course that your guests will love and will only take minutes to prepare (and can be made ahead and heated when ready to serve). Some toasted baguette for dipping is essential for this one!

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Asparagus, Roasted Lemon Hollandaise and Jumbo Lump “Crab Cake Bites”

Want to wow your guests, well here you go. The top of the line crab cake, the Cadillac of crab cakes (do people still use Cadillac as a barometer of luxury?), the whole Jumbo Lump crab cake with fresh brioche breadcrumbs. Add the classic pairing of steamed asparagus and hollandaise. For the hollandaise we upped the ante a bit by roasting the lemon before squeeze into the sauce, giving a deeper, more mellow citrus flavor. And to gild the lily a bit you can garnish the plate with a few of your soon to be favorite, and dead simple, bites, pieces of whole Jumbo Lump crabmeat simply dusted with some buttery seasoned brioche breadcrumbs, the flavor of a crab cake reinvented.

Crab Imperial with Shaved Fennel, Clementine and Roasted Beet Salad

Crab Imperial is a classic dish first appearing on menus in Baltimore in the later part of the 19th century and was first published in a cookbook in 1939. There are many versions, some with breadcrumbs, some with a roux, some with peppers and onions. I went very classic and very simple, however, used our best of the best Jumbo Lump crabmeat and boy does it shine. In the end this Crab Imperial is basically a baked crab cake mix without and breadcrumbs and can easily be an excellent gluten free or Keto option. It is paired with a very bright, beautiful and refreshing salad of beets, shaved fennel, clementine segments and pickled red onions.