Poached crab with caper and anchovy butter
SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 1 HOUR (+ FREEZING TIME)
2 small (2kg) whole live mud crabs
4 fresh flat-leaf parsley stalks
1 medium (140g) lemon, halved
1 medium (150g) onion, quartered
2 fresh bay leaves
CAPER AND ANCHOVY BUTTER
200g softened butter
2 tablespoons chopped, drained baby capers
4 anchovy fillets, chopped finely
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1 Place the crabs in the freezer for 1 hour or until asleep (insensible).
2 Place parsley, lemon, onion and bay leaves in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add water to pan until it is two-thirds full. Season with salt. Bring to the boil. Add crabs; return to the boil. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes. 3 CAPER AND ANCHOVY BUTTER Combine ingredients in a bowl. Shape into a log; wrap in baking paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate.
4 Cut each crab into four pieces. Clean crabs (see step below). Serve with Caper And Anchovy Butter.