Torry Smith The Story Beyondheader
Celebrating the Everyday
The Story Beyond – Special Guests at Sarah & Trevor’s Wedding | 07.08.2014

Ever since we posted the photos from Sarah and Trevor’s wedding, we have had all kinds of questions about why there was a Raven’s wide receiver and a real penguin at the…

Washington DC Engagement Photos by Liz and Ryan Lincoln Memorial Washington Monument Washington DC Mall Wedding and Engagement Photography The White House (2)
Stories Documented
Washington DC Engagement Session – Laura and Mike | 09.30.2014

Ryan and I always say that we live so close to DC, but we never take the time to fully appreciate it! We are down there quite a bit for…

Route-Plan-Map-With-Stats-760wide
Dreaming
Announcing The AMAZING Marriage Adventure | 08.08.2014

  Starting this December with a trip to Malawi, Africa to help build a school, we are planning a year-long Adventure to explore all 50 states and 9 different countries….

Charleston Stems Wedding Photos by Liz and Ryan Annapolis Yacht Club Wedding Annapolis Wedding Nautical Wedding Decor (9)
Life in Love
A lesson in hiring professionals | Charleston Stems | 05.15.2014

As Lesley was getting her hair and makeup done for the wedding, Kelsey, one of her beautiful bridesmaids, shared the news that the wedding flowers had arrived! Lesley was so…

blog header
Gratitude
Featured In! The Knot, Inspire Weddings & Marriages… | 08.01.2014

A few weeks ago we received a package we had not been expecting! We opened the package and it was a handful of The Knot Magazine that featured Laura and Richie’s Brittland…

If you read our recent Friday Favorites post, then you already know my love of soft shell crabs.  Recently, while at our local farmers market, we saw a stand for soft-shell crabs.  Although we didn’t purchase the crabs for this post at the market, it did inspire me to try my hand at cooking my very own soft shell crab sandwiches.  Check out the recipe below to learn how to make your very own! Enjoy!

RECIPE: Soft Shell Crabs with Pancetta Sandwiches

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
    • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 4 slices of pancetta (or bacon if pancetta is not available)
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 jumbo soft-shell crabs
    • Approximately 2 cups of all-purpose flour, for dusting
    • 2 buns, preferably brioche, but any sandwich bun will do
    • One small bunch of arugula, washed
    • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

PREPARATION:

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine red onion, tarragon, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside for later.

Step 2: Arrange pancetta slices in a single layer in a large pan.  Place a smaller pan on top of the pancetta to weight it down to prevent the pancetta from curling.  Cook pancetta over medium-high heat until crisp and browned, turning once, approximately 3 minutes per side.  Remove pancetta and dry on paper towels.

Step 3: Wipe out any leftover juices from the pan.  Over high heat, melt butter with the olive oil in the pan.  While the butter and olive oil heat, season the soft shell crabs with salt and pepper than cover both sides generously with flour.  Place the crabs in the pan and cook on high heat.  Turn once after 3-4 minutes and continue to cook until crisp and brown, an additional 3-4 minutes.

Step 4: While the crabs are frying, prepare your buns by adding argulua, tomato, and 2 slices of pancetta to the bottom half of each bun.  Spread the mustard on the top half of the bun.

Step 5: Once crabs are done cooking, gently place one on top of pancetta.  Add the top half of the bun and enjoy!

 

Prepare the mustard.

Thinly slice the tomato and set aside.

Cook pancetta over medium high heat for 3 minutes per side until crisp.

Season crabs with salt and pepper and coat generously with flour.

Once butter and olive oil have heated over high heat, add the crabs.

Cook each crab 3-4 minutes per side until crisp and brown.

While crabs are frying, prepare your buns with arugula, tomato, and pancetta.

Spread mustard on the top half of each bun.

Gently place one crab on each bun.

Add top of bun and enjoy!

 

comments (2)
written with love
by Ryan

Comments

  1. Cindy

    Yum!! I know where I’m stopping for dinner on my next drive south! ;-)

  2. Sarah Goodwin

    oh man that looks delish! thanks for sharing

Add a comment