Basque is a region in between France and Spain. It has been dependent on bounties of the sea. This is why most of its dishes are comprised of seafood. They are also fond of bacon that is quite similar to Spanish ham. Here is a simple crab recipe that is best served with salad and white wine.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
8 oz tomatoes, peeled, seeded & finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 dash cayenne
1 lb crab meat or meat from 2 large crabs
2 oz dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
Preheat the oven at 200C.
You may steam the crabs, so that you can easily get the crab meat. Shred the meat and set it aside.
In a large saucepan, heat the oil under medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onions for 3-5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the mixture becomes thick. Pour in the wine. Stir in the parsley and sugar. Mix well. Cook for another 5 minutes. Season it with salt, pepper and cayenne. Add the shredded crab meat and cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Place the crab meat into the crab shells. Sprinkle it with bread crumbs and add butter.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are light brown. Remove from the oven and serve after 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley if desired.
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