Aug 26 2011

crab & horseradish spread

There’s nothing more “Chesapeake” than the Bay’s signature crustacean, the blue crab. Foodie-isms was honored when asked to contribute a crab recipe to the forthcoming cookbook: Chesapeake Bay: Crabs. This hard back cookbook contains 123 recipes (including a crab creme brulee dessert) and is due to be released September 30th, 2011.

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Feb 24 2011

seafood curry rundown

Rundown is a classic Caribbean recipe that involves cooking fish and shell fish in coconut milk. The word rundown refers to the simmering down (reduction) of the coconut milk.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh Ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon Alice Shoals Jamaican Curry Powder
3 tomatoes—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Habañero pepper, minced
1 teaspoon fresh Thyme, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup lobster stock
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
3/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a deep, medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, and just starting to turn golden.
  2. Add the bell pepper, garlic and ginger and sir to incorporate.
  3. Stir in the curry powder, and cook, stirring, until it just starts to brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes, habañero and thyme.
  5. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the stock to deglaze and bring to a boil.
  7. Add coconut milk.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced by one-half, about 10 minutes.
  9. Add the shrimp, and stir into the sauce.
  10. Stir the crab into the sauce and allow to cook until sauce just returns to a simmer.
  11. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning with salt and freshly milled black pepper.
  12. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with steamed white rice and warm Coco flatbread.

Don Messina currently sits on the board of directors for Sandcastle Hospitality, and serves as the Executive Chef for Iguana Isle, an ” Island Inspired” company based in Naples, Florida . He has been inspired by his travels throughout the Caribbean to create his own blend of spices to help the average home cook to bring authentic flavors of the islands to their home.