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Crab Louis

Makes 4 lunch servings

Most reports agree that this dish was first created in San Francisco around the turn of the century.
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
½ cup chopped celery
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
¼ cup tarragon vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil, in all
1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard
1 fresh tomato, cut into 8 wedges
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
½ cup diced tomatoes
½ cup chopped green onion tops, plus extra for garnish
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 cups shredded lettuce
tomato wedges
sliced black olives
how to prepare

Combine the first 3 ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl to make the seasoning mix.  Makes 2 tablespoons + 2¼ teaspoons.

Heat the olive oil in an 8-inch skillet over high heat.  When the oil is hot, add the onions, bell peppers, and celery and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of the Seasoning Mix.  Cook, stirring and shaking the pan occasionally, until the onions are golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Process the raw eggs, egg yolk, and vinegar in a food processor or blender, until blended, about 10-15 seconds.  With the machine running, slowly drizzle in ½ cup of the vegetable oil in a thin stream.  Add the mustard, tomato wedges, 1 teaspoon of the seasoning mix, and the cooled cooked vegetables, scraping all the seasoning from the skillet.  Process until thoroughly blended, about 1 minute.  Drizzle in the remaining ½ cup vegetable oil and process until the dressing is creamy and smooth, about 1 minute.

Combine the crabmeat, diced tomatoes, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, and the remaining Seasoning Mix in a large bowl.  Toss well.  Gently fold in 1½ cups of the dressing.

For each serving, place ½ cup of the shredded lettuce on a plate and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over the lettuce.  Cover with about 1 cup of the crab mixture and top with 2 tablespoons more dressing.  Garnish with tomato wedges, sliced olives, and green onions.

Copyright © 1991 by Paul Prudhomme

Price: $3.00
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