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Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America

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This tapa is based on a fairly modern Basque-country dish, which has become very much a part of the mainstream. Basque people love their crabs, and txangurro has grown into something of a national dish in the region. For me, the most frustrating part of preparing this dish is that I rarely finish making it. Why? Because I love to eat the meat as Im cleaning the crabs.

For the crabs:

• 2 tablespoons sea salt

• 8 fresh blue crabs (see tips), preferably female (about 2 1/2 [2.5] pounds total, to yield 1/3 [one-third] pound of meat)

For the filling:

• 6 ripe tomatoes

• 2 tablespoons Spanish extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

• 1/2 [.5] Spanish onion, peeled and finely chopped

• 1/2 [.5] leek, white part only, well washed and finely chopped

• 1 guindilla chili pepper (or your favorite dried chili pepper)

• 2 tablespoons Spanish brandy

• 1/4 [one-fourth] cup Txacoli (a Basque white wine) or other fresh, young white wine

• 6 fresh tarragon leaves

• Salt to taste

Cook the crabs: Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add the sea salt. When the water is boiling, drop in the crabs and cook for 8 minutes. Drain, and allow the crabs to cool. Then remove the claws and legs, taking care to keep the upper shell intact. Working over a bowl to collect the juices, remove the meat from the claws, legs, and body. Reserve the juices and the crabmeat. Carefully clean and set aside 4 of the empty shells.

Prepare the filling: Cut each tomato in half lengthwise. Place a grater over a bowl and grate the open side of the tomatoes into the bowl. Discard the skin. Strain the grated flesh through a sieve to produce 2 cups of tomato puree. Set it aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over a medium flame. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown a little, about 30 seconds. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the leeks and the guindilla, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 15 minutes.

Add the brandy and the wine, and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree and cook until it thickens and begins to darken in color, about 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the crabmeat. Add the crab juices and the tarragon. Stir to combine, and add salt to taste.

To serve, place an empty crab shell on each plate. Fill the shells with the crabmeat mixture. Serve with a teaspoon on the side.

José's tips

If your time is limited you can buy crabs already cleaned and boiled. Just make sure that they have not been seasoned and are very fresh. If you cant find Maryland blue crabs, you can always substitute Dungeness crabs from the West Coast.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400053599
With:
Wolffe, Richard
Publisher:
Clarkson Potter Publishers
With:
Wolffe, Richard
Author:
Andres, Jose
Author:
Jose Andres with Richard Wolffe
Author:
Wolffe, Richard
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cookery, spanish
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Appetizers
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Spanish
Subject:
Tapas - United States
Subject:
Spanish
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Spanish and Portuguese
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
260 4-COLOR PHOTOS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10.34x7.87x.82 in. 2.17 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although Andrs, a protg of modern Spanish culinary padre Ferran Adria, stresses the importance of 'sticking to the basics,' each recipe in his debut collection of tapas (small-plate dishes) is stunningly standout. From Lobster with Clementines and Grapefruit in Saffron Oil to Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Cabrales (a knock-your-socks-off Asturian blue cheese), each dish, matched with a Spanish wine, strikes the right balance of being unusual but not too out there. Recipes are introduced with an anecdote, helpful hints and simple variations, and traditional Spanish dishes that typically take hours to prepare have been updated to accommodate modern cooks' schedules (among them, a Catalonian classic slow-roasted chicken, stewed with dried apricots, hazelnuts and prunes, ready in under 30 minutes). Though Andrs omits desserts (with the exception of flan, courtesy of mam), he more than makes up for it with entire chapters dedicated to mushrooms, tomatoes and even garlic. Andrs showcases the bounty and vibrancy of Spanish cuisine without alienating readers, explaining through his precise and charming philosophy that 'tapas are for eating at home or with friends.' 260 color photos." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This title presents simply prepared foods that match the traditions of Spanish tapas with the variety and bounty of American ingredients such as Basque-style Maryland Blue Crab Stew, and Catalan-style Chicken Stew with Tomato and peppers.
"Synopsis" by , The first major Spanish cookbook in two decades, from José Andrés, recently named America’s Chef of the Year by Bon Appétit.

Tapas are Spain's gift to the world of great cooking: a fresh and fun way to eat with friends and family—and easy to make at home. Using simple Mediterranean ingredients, a tapas feast is a perfect combination of little dishes packed with big flavors. Tapas by José Andrés is the first major book in a generation to celebrate this world-renowned way of eating, from a man who is the best possible authority: an award-winning Spanish chef in America, with seven highly acclaimed restaurants to his name. Recently named Bon Appétit's Chef of the Year, José is a new star in American cooking, as well as the nation's leading expert on Spanish cuisine. Having worked as a chef in the United States for two decades, he's also a thoroughly American cook who draws on American ingredients for his inspiration, and is a master at translating his native Spanish cooking for this country's kitchens. His simple and delicious recipes include:

• Fish such as American Red Snapper Baked in Salt; Monkfish with Romesco Sauce; and Basque-Style Stuffed Maryland Blue Crabs

• Chicken including Catalan-Style Chicken Stew; Chicken Sautéed with Garlic; and Chicken with Lobster

• Pork such as Chorizo Stewed in Hard Cider; Figs with Spanish Ham; and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples

• Rice dishes including Lobster Paella; Black Rice with Squid and Shrimp; and Traditional Rice with Clams

All these recipes are full of tremendous flavor and creativity, as well as in-depth ingredient notes and a rich atmosphere that will transport you to the lush countryside, hip cafés, and sun-drenched coasts of Spain—and back again to dinner at home.

This is a breakthrough cookbook from an extraordinary chef.

"Synopsis" by , From one of the most acclaimed chefs in America today comes the first major Spanish cookbook to be published in two decades. "Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America" presents astounding recipes for little plates of prepared foods--deftly combined to provide pure, exciting bursts of flavor in a way that is eminently practical for the home cook. 60 color photos.
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