Low Carb Crabmeat St Francis. This is my variation of a very famous New Orleans dish by famed Chef Warren Leruth. I was first introduced to this dish while working at Beggar’s Banquet in E. Lansing, Michigan in 1974. One of the four owners had worked for Chef Leruth and we served it as an appetizer and it can certainly be served as a dinner which the recipe is written for. With a big ole salad-dinner done. Oh, what heady days those were.
Warren Leruth is now dead, and I don’t know where Martin Richard (pronounced Ri Chard) is, but Beggar’s Banquet? It is still there at the main entrance to Michigan State University on Abbott Rd. serving great food after opening 40 years ago.
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- ¼ C Butter
- ½ C Green Onions Finely Cut Tops Only
- ½ Onion, Chopped
- ½ C Celery Chopped Small
- 2 Bay Leaves
- ½ t Dried Thyme
- ¼ t Celery Seed
- ¼ t Pepper
- 2 t Chicken Base***
- 1 C Heavy Cream
- 1 T White Wine
- 1 Lb Lump Crab Meat
- ¼ t Cayenne Pepper (Or Chipotle Powder Might Be Good)
- ½ C Parmesan Cheese
- 1 t Paprika
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Heat butter in a saucepan until it bubbles. Add all ingredients except cream, wine & crab, and sauté until the vegetables are well cooked and a little brownish.
- Add heavy cream & wine and reduce slightly.
- Remove bay leaves & fold in crab meat.
- Put into casserole dish.
- Mix Parmesan cheese & paprika and sprinkle on top of casserole.
- Bake until the cheese just starts to brown and the sides of the dish begin to bubble. 10-15 minutes.
- Broil for a minute if needed.
- Serves 4
- 478 Calories, 20.7g Protein, 40.6g Fat 2.4g Carbs, 0.8g Fiber, 1.4g Net Carbs
- Very good served over mashed buttered cauliflower or spinach.
- If crabmeat is too expensive where you live then you could easily substitute finely chopped shrimp, langostinos, chopped clams or a combination of some kind. And as I think about it you might even try imitation crab meat but beware: it is just very starchy and high carb which kinda defeats the whole purpose of this website.