What Did I do Right to Deserve This Treat?
Last night my wife prepared my favorite dish, normally served only on special occasion. It is the Dungeness Crab Omelet with shredded cabbage and sweet Vidalia Onions from Hawaii. Today is not my birthday or some other special occasion. But I was surprise my wife serve me a Dungeness Crab Omelet The dish was delicious.
The last time I tasted this dish was last year, but the crab was from the Maryland crabs known also as the blue crabs. So, I asked my wife of 55 years what did I do to deserve this treat. She said nothing, it was just there was a sale of Dungeness crabs claw and legs and I just feel like cooking your favorite dish.
Preparing the dish is simple. The hardest part is to remove the crab meat from the claws and legs. The cabbage is shredded (1 bowl) and sauteed with the onions in olive oil until partially cooked. An equivalent amount of crab meat is added to the shredded cabbage and onions and cooked in olive oil until the cabbage is fully cooked . The crab and cabbage patty mix is added to beaten eggs with a small amount of corn starch. The patty is then fried in olive oil until the egg is cooked. The omelet is served with Picante Sauce (Hot or Mild) with steam rice.
My wife's other recipe is the use of cube potatoes or bean sprouts instead of the shredded cabbage. Try it and let me know if it is good. Be prepare to pay a high price for either shelled or unshelled Dungeness or Maryland Crabs meat. Crab meat here in US is not cheap, compared to the Philippines. During the Dungeness Crab season here in the West Coast, a pound of Dungeness crab will cost from $6.99 to $17.99 per pound. The average weight of one Dungeness crab is about 1.5 to 2.5 lbs.
Do you know the difference between the Dungeness and Maryland Crabs. The Maryland crabs, also known as blue crabs are much smaller in size and very similar to the Philippine crabs in appearance and taste. The Dungeness crabs are big and are caught here in the San Francisco Bay area and northward up to Alaska. The Maryland crabs are from the Chesapeake Bay of Northern Maryland and Virginia.
The Dungeness crab, Metacarcinus magister (formerly Cancer magister), is a species of crab that inhabits eelgrass beds and water bottoms on the west coast of North America. It typically grows to 20 cm (7.9 in) across the carapace and is a popular seafood. Its common name comes from the port of Dungeness, Washington. The crabs is a special attraction to tourists in the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf during the Crab Season. The season for the San Francisco Bay starts in the second Tuesday of November.
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