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Crabmeat Crepes
What You Need:
  • ½ cup unsifted flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small bits
  • ½ cup finely chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup flour
  • cups chicken stock, fresh or canned
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon ground hot red pepper (cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1½ cups fresh, frozen or canned crabmeat, thoroughly drained and picked over to remove all bits of shell and cartilage
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, preferably the flat-leaf Italian variety

  • How To Cook:
    1. To prepare the crepes, combine the ½ cup of flour and 1/8 teaspoon of salt and sift them into a deep bowl. Add the eggs and stir with a wire whisk until the batter is smooth.

    2. Whisking constantly, pour in the milk in a slow, thin stream. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let the batter rest at room temperature for about 1 hour before using it.

    3. Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or skillet over high heat until a drop of water flicked into it evaporates instantly. With a pastry brush, lightly grease the bottom and sides of the pan with a little of the melted butter.

    4. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the pan and tip the pan so that the batter quickly covers the bottom; the batter should cling to the pan and begin to firm up almost immediately.

    5. At once tilt the pan over the bowl and pour off any excess batter; the finished crepe should be paper thin. Cook the crepe for a minute or so, until a rim of brown shows around the edge.

    6. Turn it over with a spatula and cook the other side for a minute longer. Slide the crepe onto a plate. Then brush melted butter on the skillet again and proceed with the rest of the crepes; you should have enough ingredients to make eight or nine in all.

    7. The crepes may be made hours or even days ahead of time and kept, tightly covered, in the refrigerator or freezer. If you do this, let them return to room temperature before attempting to separate them.

    8. Preheat the oven to 400°F. With a pastry brush, spread the tablespoon of softened butter evenly over the bottom and sides of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking-serving dish, and set it aside.

    1. To prepare the sauce and filling, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter bits over moderate heat in a heavy 1- to 1½ -quart saucepan. When the foam begins to subside, add the scallions and, stirring frequently, cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are soft but not brown.

    2. Add the ¼ cup of flour and mix well. Stirring constantly with a wire whisk, pour in the chicken stock and wine in a slow, thin stream and cook over high heat until the sauce mixture comes to a boil, thickens lightly and is smooth.

    3. Stir in the red pepper and the ½ teaspoon of salt, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes to remove any taste of raw flour. Ladle about 3 tablespoons of the sauce into the beaten egg yolks and whisk together thoroughly.

    4. Then, whisking the mixture constantly, pour the egg yolks slowly into the sauce and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes longer to cook the egg yolks. Do not let the sauce come anywhere near a boil or the yolks will curdle. Taste for seasoning.

    5. Ladle 1 cup of the sauce into a bowl and stir in the crabmeat. Set the remaining sauce aside off the heat.

    6. Place 3 tablespoons of the crabmeat mixture on the lower third of each crepe and roll it up into a cylinder; do not tuck in the ends. Arrange the filled crepes side by side in the buttered baking dish and pour the reserved sauce over the center of the row of crepes, leaving the ends unsauced.

    7. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 10 minutes, or until the sauce bubbles. Sprinkle the crepes with the parsley and serve at once, directly from the baking dish.

    To Serve: 4 as a main dish or 8 as a first course
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    Cuisine » Americas » Creole
    Main Ingredient » Shellfish » Crab
    Dish » Appetizers


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