Request: ESO Crab Meat Stew
So this one was actually supposed to be up last week, but life got in the way and so here we are Sunday evening a week late! This request was made by an anonymous reader, asking me to choose between either this recipe or Frog Muffins. Since frogs’ legs aren’t really in my budget, I chose to go with the recipe for which I knew I could get the correct ingredients (though I may play around with a version of the muffins using chicken in the future, we’ll see!)
For this recipe, I added some veggies and a few spices to round out the stew, but tried to stick with using a roux to make it thicker instead of adding in cream or milk. Oat flour is actually very easy to make, just stick a few cups of oats in a food processor and blend it down as fine as you can. If the idea of using homemade flour is a bit daunting, you can always use regular flour. Also, I am not including instructions for cooking the crab meat as I got mine cooked from the deli at my grocery store, and am not sure how much uncooked crab would yield the correct amount.
Let’s do it!
- 3 cups Chicken, Seafood, or Veggie Broth
- 2 generous tbsp. + 1 tbsp. of Butter
- Up to 4 tbsp. Oat Flour (or regular flour)
- 2 medium Carrots, sliced
- 2 stalks Celery, sliced
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 small White Onion, diced
- ¼ lb. Crab Meat (if you can find non-imitation pre-cooked meat, that’s a bonus!)
- Spices: ½ tsp. Parsley, ½ tsp. Paprika (plus more for garnish), salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time: 5 - 10 min. | Cook Time: 20 - 30 min.
Serves: 3 - 4 bowls of soup
Step 1.) Prep your veggies: slice the celery and carrots and set them aside. Dice and mince the onion and garlic respectively.
Step 2.) In a frying pan, melt 1 tbsp. of butter and begin sauteing the butter and garlic. Add the celery and carrots in just as the onions begin to turn translucent.
Step 3.) As the vegetables are being sauteed, melt the other 2 tbsp. of butter in a pot and whisk 2 tbsp. of the flour in to make a roux. Slowly pour the broth in, alternating 1 cup of broth and the other 2 tbsp of flour, whisking constantly the whole time.
Step 4.) When the broth is mixed in add the spices, vegetables, and crab meat to the broth and allow it to come to a boil.
Step 5.) Lower the heat to a simmer and allow the stew to cook for about 20 min. Serve hot with a a garnish of paprika. Enjoy!
This was a little warm for the summer time, but I loved how thick the broth was without any cream and the flavor savory and comforting. This is definitely one to hold onto for the fall!