Happy Holidays, Everyone!
King Crab Rolls just might be my very favorite special occasion food. While King Crab is expensive, it is spectacularly delicious. Alaskan King Crab is a wild caught (never farmed) product, and is sustainably harvested. I feel much better about splurging on a pricey ingredient if I know my purchase is not harming the environment.
Everything about this recipe, from the decadent seafood to the homemade rolls toasted with real butter, shouts “Special Day!” Whatever you happen to be celebrating, King Crab Rolls will make your mealtime grand!
Ingredients (makes 4 large rolls)
1 1/2 pounds shell-on King Crab legs
1/2 pound bay scallops (optional)
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning blend
1/4 cup real mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped celery, including leaves
1 loaf of fresh Simple Bread
1/4 cup butter
Step 1) Drop crab legs into a large pot of boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of seafood seasoning blend. Leave crab legs in boiling water for 3 minutes if they were fresh, or 10 minutes if they were frozen (typical).
Step 2) Drain crab legs and crack with a hand held nutcracker or clean pliers. Extract meat using a small fork (a fondue fork works well, if you have one). King Crab legs are spiny – hold them with a potholder to avoid hurting yourself! Be patient with this step. It may take 30 minutes or so to extract all of the meat. Your effort will be worthwhile!
Step 3) If using bay scallops, sauté them in a saucepan for 3 – 5 minutes until they are a milky white color. Drain.
Step 4) Gently combine crab meat, scallops, mayonnaise, celery, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning blend. Try not to break up the crab meat. Refrigerate.
Step 5) Cut four generous, 2 inch thick slices from your loaf of Simple Bread. Then, cut through the middle of each slice from the top, stopping 1 inch from the bottom crust. Your slices should open in narrow “V” shapes, as shown above.
Step 6) Place 1/4 cup of butter on a baking pan with low sides, and melt by placing in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. Watch carefully, and remove pan when butter is just melted!
Step 7) Place each of your four “V” shaped bread rolls down on the melted butter, then flip over so that each of the two outsides are buttered. Return pan to oven to toast your bread rolls for five minutes.
Step 8) Remove your toasted bread rolls, and carefully fill with equal quantities of your seafood mixture. Serve right away, while the rolls are warm and the seafood is cold.
Enjoy your special occasion!