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Crab "Coquilles Saint Jacques"

If you don't have scallop shells, you can use 4 1/2-inch round broilerproof baking dishes that are 1 inch deep.

  • prep: 1 hour 10 mins
    total time: 4 hours
  • servings: 12
Photography: Frederic Lagrange

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Ingredients

For the Stock

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 lobster bodies, cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped fennel (from 1 small bulb)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cognac or other brandy
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (from one 14.5-ounce can)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

For the Roux

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the Potatoes

  • 2 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

For the Vegetables

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 carrots (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 small celery root, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 1/4 cups)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

For Assembly

  • 1 pound plus 6 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat (4 cups)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the stock: Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add lobster bodies, and cook, stirring, 10 minutes. Add onion and fennel; cook 15 minutes. Add Cognac; cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until liquid is almost gone, about 1 minute.

  2. Step 2

    Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Add flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, then cover with 1 inch water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover, and simmer until some liquid evaporates and mixture thickens, about 1 hour. Pour stock through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Return to pot; cook until stock is reduced to 1 3/4 cups, about 15 minutes. Whisk in cream, and simmer until thickened, about 6 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Make the roux: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook until toasty, about 1 minute. Whisk in stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes (you should have about 1 1/2 cups).

  4. Step 4

    Make the potatoes: Place potatoes in a medium pot; cover with 1 inch salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. While potatoes are still warm, pass through a ricer into a bowl. Stir in butter. Add milk, season with salt and pepper, and stir.

  5. Step 5

    Make the vegetables: Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add celery stalks and carrots; cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add celery root, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    To assemble, preheat broiler. Place 12 scallop shells on a rimmed baking sheet. Place 2 tablespoons vegetable mixture in center of each, and top each with 1/4 cup crabmeat. Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce over top of each. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch star tip (such as Ateco #88) with potatoes. Pipe rosettes around edges and one in center. Broil until browned on top and bubbling, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2012

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