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       Title: Roasted Marinated Crab
  Categories: Seafood, Ceideburg 2
       Yield: 2 servings
  
       1    Live crab, 2 to 2 1/2 pounds
       3 tb Olive oil
       1 tb Shredded ginger
       1 tb Chopped garlic
       2    Serrano or other small
            -green chiles, chopped
            Freshly ground black pepper
       2    To 4 tablespoons butter
            Salt to taste
  
   To kill the crab, either plunge it into a large pot of boiling water
   for a minute, or place it on its back on a cutting board and split
   the body down the middle with one quick cut with a heavy knife or
   Chinese cleaver. If you want to use the upper shell in the
   presentation, the first technique works better.
   
   Holding the crab body by the legs, pull off the shell.  Discard the
   feathery gills on both sides of the body and the spongy mass in the
   middle of the back; rinse until nothing but shell and meat show.
   Pull out the bits of greenish fat from the corners of the shell;
   reserve if desired for the sauce.  Rinse both the body and shell and
   drain thoroughly.
   
   Split the body of the crab (if it is not already split) into 2 halves
   with legs and claws still attached.  Carefully crack each leg and
   claw segment with a mallet.
   
   Place in a large bowl with the oil, ginger, garlic, chiles and a
   generous grinding of pepper.  Marinate for 1 to 4 hours in the
   refrigerator.
   
   Remove crab from marinade 15 minutes before cooking.  Grill the
   halves and the shell over a hot fire until outer shells are bright
   red and meat in the largest sections is opaque (pry one open to
   check), 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Or , place crab halves and shell in
   a roasting pan lightly oiled with a bit of the marinade and roast in
   a 450F oven until done as described above, about 12 to 15 minutes.
   Meanwhile, strain vegetables out of marinade and combine with the
   butter in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes and season to taste.
   Serve in small bowls as a dipping sauce for the crab.
   
   Serves 2.
   
   Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; December 13 1991.
  
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