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Crab Chowder with corn pure - 3/03/12

This dish is a hearty and rich soup that is thickened with corn pure and topped with fresh lump crab.  The soup is unusual in a sense that I spiced it up a bit with star anise and lemon grass.  You cannot really taste these 2 ingredients in the soup but there is a lingering taste that you are not quite sure what it is...

The corn pure is sweet and so flavorful.  I use fresh dark crab meat so they are sweet and compliment the soup so well.

The soup is brought out and serve without the broth because I wanted my guest to see the sweet corn pure and the crab meat before covering it with the soup.

This is how the soup is brought out to the table so my guests can see the corn pure and the crab meat.

This is how the soup looks like when the broth is poured on top.

I think serving a soup without a broth make your guests wonder what is going on... and then one the broth is poured on top it totally makes sense.

 

Preparation work..

For the soup

1 onion, chopped

1large carrot, chopped

1 leak, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 garlic gloves

small handful of herb stalks (basil, cilantro, tarragon, thyme)

2 lemon stalks

6 peppercorns

3 star anise

10 coriander seeds

2 teaspoons tomato paste

1/2 cup of brandy

1 cup of white wine

3 cup of chicken stock or water

crab shells (optional)

2 small fresh crabs or 1 large crab

2/3 whipping cream

3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, in pieces

salt and pepper to taste

squeeze of lemon juice, to taste

 

Corn pure

12 0z can corn kernels in brine

pinch of superfine sugar

Salt, to taste

1 tablespoon butter

Bring a large pot filled with water to a boiling pot.  Drop the crab in the pot.

Cover and cook fore 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes remove the crab and put them in a large bowl.  Let them cool down and remove the meat.

Twist off the claws and legs, then separate the body from the main crab.  Remove all the meat and set aside.

Chopped the onion, celery, leek, and carrots.

Heat the olive oil in large pan put all the vegetables in the pan.

Cook the chopped vegetable with the garlic until evenly browned.  Add the herbs stalks, lemon grass, peppercorn, star anise, and coriander seeds.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the brandy and flamb.  When the flame dies down, add the wine and let bubble until reduced to a sticky consistency.

Pour in the stock...

Add the crab shells and bring to a simmer for about 30 to 40  minutes.

Pass the stock through a fine strainer into a clean pan. 

Pressing the residue in the strainer with the back of a spoon to extract as much flavor as possible.

Add the whipped cream and heat through.  Reduce slightly if necessary until you have a good soupy consistency.  Whisk in the butter, a little at a time.  Finally season with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice. to taste.  

Pour the corn into a blender, adding the liquid from the can.  Whiz until smooth.

Then pass  through a fine strainer into a bowl.  Taste and add a pinch of sugar or salt if necessary.  Put a piece of butter in a saut pan and warm the corn pure.  Let it reduce to a thick puree.  make sure to cover your pan because the corn will bubble and will splash all over.

 

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