Just when I thought that my local farmer's market couldn't get any better, A new booth opened that has live fresh caught local crabs. Since last week, I faced my fear of cooking crustacean. This week I faced my fear of murdering one. As I approached the booth, I got stressed out. One crab in particular was staring at me saying: "please save me!". Confidently I handed the owner the money for two live crabs. The one who asked to be saved was put in my bag, still moving and pinching. I made my husband carry it home while giving myself a pep talk.
I walked into my house and immediately started the boiling water. The bag was now on my counter and I could see the crabs were still slowly moving. "don't look, don't look, don't look", I kept saying it to myself. I grabbed the long tongs and dropped each live crab in the pot without looking. Placed the lid on the top and boiled for 15 minutes. Goodbye fear.
I served the crab over linguine and alfredo sauce, seasoned with old bay. It was very very tasty and worth all the effort. I made my pasta from scratch. If you would like homemade gluten-free pasta, you can see my recipe and process here: http://whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2010/10/gluten-free-homemade-pasta.html
Gluten-Free Crab Linguine
8 ounces gluten free linguine
4 whole crabs, if just buying lump meat, 1lb.
1 TBSP old bay seasoning plus 1 tsp divided.
For the Alfredo Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1 TBSP Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups shredded parmesan
Start off by cooking your crab. Fill a large stockpot 3/4 full with water and add 1 TBSP old bay seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add your crabs and cover for 15 minutes.
While crabs is cooking start your sauce.
For the sauce: Start by heating your garlic, butter, salt and pepper in a large saucepan.
Next add your flour and whisk until smooth. Cook until bubbly and then add your whipping cream.
Stir constantly until it comes to a boil.
Then add your Parmesan and stir continually until thick and creamy.
Remove the crab from the boiling water and let get cool enough to crack. Do not dispose of boiling water. Add your noodles and cook in the boiling water.
If you have homemade pasta it only takes 2 minutes. If you are using packaged noodles, cook according to the package instructions.
Rinse off your pasta really well.
Crack your crabs and remove all the meat. Toss with 1 tsp of old bay.
Assemble your dish with noodles, alfredo and crab. Serve!
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