Crabe, courgettes, amandes et algues marines

Spanner Crab, Zucchini, Almond & Seaweed

By Alanna Sapwell
Tasting Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, you find the complexity from the reserve wines, and flavours from fresh stone fruit through to toasted nuts. It is development and freshness all rolled into one. Alanna Sapwell's recipe brings those same layers through the dish that would complement and enhance the flavours of the champagne.
My Spanner Crab, Zucchini, Almond and Seaweed dish combines fresh and crunchy veg with the sweet and clean crab meat. As well as the nutty, buttery sauce with a pop of lemon using native Australian leaf - Geraldton wax.

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You'll need

  • Spanner Crab Whole - 550g approx
  • Seaweed fresh - 50g (or a sheet of nori)
  • Butter - 150g
  • Kombu Tsuyu 1-2tbs
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Lemon - 1
  • Geraldton wax & Sunrose (Crunchy, citrusy leaves) 2 stalks of each
  • Crème Fraiche - 4 tsp
  • Flaked Almonds (toasted) - 50g
  • Zucchini – 2 large
To Cook Crab:
-Weigh crab & add 2 for cooking time.Eg 550g (5.5)= 7.5 mins
-Place crab in boiling salted water (salt water until it tastes like the sea) and simmer for required time.
-Pull crab out of the water & place it on its back on the bench (do not put in ice water) and rest for 2 mins. By doing this the meat will be able to be shaken out, leaving beautiful large nuggets of sweet crab meat.
-Once shell is removed break in half & shake out meat. You can also use a crab pick or skewer to help remove meat.
-With legs crack with the back of a knife & remove meat.
-Run your fingers through the picked meat gently and remove any extra shell.

The Dressing:
-Place butter in a saucepan & cook until the butter becomes nutty in smell and golden in appearance (beurre noisette).
-Take off heat and add zest of 1 lemon, 1 crushed clove garlic, seaweed (if using nori -toast prior and blitz to a rough powder) and kombu Tsuyu.
-Adjust with lemon juice if needed.

To Assemble:
-In four bowls place a tsp of crème fraiche in the centre of the bowl.
-Dress the crab with seaweed butter and nestle in the centre on the crème fraiche.
-Slice a variety of zucchinis as thin as possible on a mandolin to create rounds, make a slit from the centre of the circle to the edge, this will allow you to curl up zucchini to a cone like shape.
-Place cone like shapes all around the crab, finish with a scattering of toasted almonds, Geraldton wax & sunrose.

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