One of our favorite traditions (and gifts from my Gram & Papa) are New Year’s Dungeness Crab being flown in from Pikes (www.pikeplacefish.com). This year, our lovely friends arrived early on Monday morning. I got them cleaned and ready to go.
Tonight was spectacular. Bodies and legs eaten until we were all full. More for tomorrow lunch. Then I’ll sit down and crack the rest.
Thanks for a lovely dinner!!! We loved every morsel and minute of it!!!!!
In case you haven’t cracked crab before . . .
- Turn crab to it’s tummy and lift the apron.
- Once the apron is off, use both thumbs and remove the top shell.
- Remove the gills and rinse out the mustard “guts”.
- If you have it, put the rinsed crab legs in a roasting pan up on a “cooling” rack or similar to allow the “juice” to not pool in the crab meat.
- Cover with a damp dish cloth and put in the coldest part of your freezer until ready to eat.
- Crabs will keep 2-3 days in the fridge.
That is entirely up to personal preference. The best tools are simple ones. I small nut cracker or mallet if you’d rather. A knife and little picking stick. Get ready to get dirty.
Rob works his way cracking and slurping one part after the other. Jeremy only eats the legs. Sean tries a body for the first time and loved it. Me?? I crack the legs and body and make a small little pile. Then I eat my treasure in a couple of yummy bites. A couple glasses of white wine and homemade sauce. MMMMMMMMMMM.
Tonight’s dinner, we toasted Uncle Chris. So many great memories around kitchen tables, eating, joking, ribbing and having fun. As a little kid, Uncle Chris would work tirelessly to help get me a pile of crab meat. I would gobble it up and then he’d help me make more. Chris help “initiate” Rob with the proper rituals of family get togethers. Help lay the newspaper out on the table. put out beer, bowls, knives and sauce. They would sit Rob closest to the kitchen. My poor fiancee would barely sit down when one of the Dernetz brothers would ask if Rob could “get” them another beer. A good laugh was had once Rob figured out that getting them beers was preventing him from eating more crab and shrimp. “Welcome to the family”, the Dernetz’s howled!!!!
Here’s to you Uncle Chris!! We are greater to have had you in our lives. We miss you terribly.