Get Ready To Be Amazed...
Sunday afternoon was fairly mild here on the island of St. Simons on the Georgia coast.
The flys and other bugs gave us a break at the pool and the weather was only moderately threatening on and off. The only ominous thing I was facing was--with the oven still out of service--dinner was to be cooked outside, AGAIN, with...
Coincidentally, in wandering through the grocery store yesterday I was swept up into a fit of buying. They had whole pork tenderloins and snow crab clusters on sale for LESS THAN HALF PRICE.
The fridge and freezer is full as we speak.
Then tonight I wanted to eat Snow Crab clusters, but I had to do them on the grill.
So I did...
I have always had lobster and crab steamed or boiled, but never grilled. That said, I can personally testify that I will probably never boil or steam crab legs ever again.
You need to try it for yourself, and to make dinner for two on the grill, you'll need:
Eight or ten frozen snow crab clusters (or Dungeness or Alaskan King crab)
1 stick of butter
1 or 2 lemons
Now as to the preparations:
First toss your frozen crab in a large boiler and cover with water and a few splashes of lemon juice to thaw.
Change the water once to reduce the smell and improve the flavor.
Let everything soak for three or four hours if you want to.
Now fire up the grill.
Put the butter in a small boiler and melt it on the stove (or the grill if your stove is broken like mine...) Scoop off the solids that float to the top.
Now you have "drawn butter."
Remove your crab clusters from the water and let them drain on a a pile of paper towels in a pan or on a cookie sheet.
After they have drained, brush both sides of each cluster with oilve oil. Sprinkle them with a little salt and pepper or better yet, some Old Bay Seasoning.
Place the clusters on the grill for three or four minutes on each side, then pull them off the grill onto a platter with the sliced lemon wedges, get yourself a couple of plates and a roll of paper towels each, sit down at the table, and EAT.
The Redneck Gourmet