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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CANGREJO DEL MAR 4TH CENTURY WITH CRAB CROQUETTE RECIPE

Crab
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ME crabbe, Eng crab. During Muslim domination in southern Spain, crab was boiled often and then could be ground and wrapped in lard, butter or a sauce. During Lent, Christians used crabmeat as a substitute for cheese. Villena explained that crabs are not nutritious but tasty. In England, crab was shipped inland rarely but eaten on the coast. It was boiled, shelled, mixed with vinegar and spices and eaten cold or reheated. Andalusians consumed crab for ocular cures and as an antidote against poison. Avenzoar reported that during his time it was advisable to remove the right eye of a crab, place it over someone whose eyes hurt to relieve the pain. [Benavides- Barajas. Nueva-Clássica. 1996:196; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:124; Castro. Alimentación. 1996:260; Sass. 1975:133; Villena. 1989:23ª:39ª; and Wilson. 1973:43]

CRABMEAT CROQUETTES ADAPTED FROM APICIUS ISICIA DE SCILLIS VEL E CAMMARIS AMPLIS BOOK II:I:3:61

For 8 persons unless a glutton is present! - These are sooo good!!!



Rolling Crab Croquettes in Breadcrumbs
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ingredients

¼ c fish broth[1]
1 lb crabmeat
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp dry mustard
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 shaving ginger
½ tsp cloves
1 egg
1 c flour
1 c breadcrumbs
¼ c olive oil

Preparation


Prepare a fish broth by boiling the crab with a shellfish bouillon cube. Freeze that which is not used.

Make a spice mixture by pounding the mustard with peppercorns, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in a mortar.

Remove the meat from the crab. Shed it and add the spice mixture. Lightly sprinkle with broth to dampen the mixture. Freeze the remainder for another occasion.

Delicious!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Beat the egg in a separate bowl. Add it to the crabmeat and fish broth. When mixed well, make small cakes with the meat. Add flour little by little until the consistency is like dough and no more. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Grind bread in a food processor. Put it on a plate. Shape the crabmeat into little cylinders or balls and roll them in the breadcrumbs. Freeze if in hopes of not eating all.

Heat a frying pan. Add the oil and when hot quickly fry the croquettes. Serve warm.

[1] If using canned crab this is not necessary.

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