Crab Rolls have become the rage. Out West we have simply referred to these sandwiches as Crab Meat sandwiches which has been on the menu forever. The East Coast has always had the Lobster Rolls. Now, with a little marketing strategy, the new name our on the West Coast has become Crab Rolls. I surfed the web looking at different recipes for the Crab Rolls. I actually settled on 4 different recipes. None of them used the exact amount of Crab Meat that we carry in a container which is 6 ounce or 1 pound. What’s a girl to do? Make up my own as I go! In my household everyone knows for one reason or the other I can’t just follow a recipe word for word. Didn’t have my glasses on or didn’t have that specific ingredient. It’s become the joke of my household. It always tastes good.
The first night I made Crab Rolls for my husband and I. The second night I added the Crab Meat Salad to a green salad. The third day I had a Crab Meat Salad for lunch. Yes, 1 pound of Crab Meat went a long way. The juices of Crab Meat and lemon juice were amazing. In fact, I would like to go out on a limb and say that marinade for a day enhanced the flavors even more. Perfect for those hot summer days when you want something light and yummy!
Combine all the ingredients above to make the Crab Meat filling except the Hoagie Rolls, melted butter, and lettuce.
Brush the melted butter on the Hoagie Rolls and toast until golden on inside of the bread.
Place 1 lettuce leaf on each bun and then divide the Crab Meat filling.
Any Crab Meat filling left over will be great the next day!
The lemon juice and zest make this filling very light. Not even the mayonnaise was over bearing.
Deviled Crab Meat was Nonno Tom’s favorite seafood meals. He enjoyed eating! Nonno Tom (Tom Lazio) would unload the harvest from the local San Francisco crab boats. He’d give the orders to his men to cook up some of the fresh catch. Next, either he would pick the crab himself or have one of his employees pick the meat out of the body and legs of those fresh Dungeness Crabs. He’d bring home fresh Dungeness Crab Meat for my grandmother to make just one of his special seafood dishes – Deviled Crab Meat. Before he could make walk into the house he’d have to change his clothes outside, put them directly into the washing machine, and head to his bathroom for a shower. The Deviled Crab Meat didn’t take long so by the time he was freshly showered smelling of soap and Lilac Vegetable After Shave dinner was ready.
I whipped up a very large batch of the Deviled Crab Meat for an Crab Fest event at Macy’s Union Square. I showed everyone how to crack the crab showing them my secret for getting the most meat out of. I also shared this delicious recipe. Everyone enjoyed their taste of the Deviled Crab Meat!
Nonnie's Deviled Crab Meat
Easy recipe using fresh Dungeness Crab Meat. Ideal for a family meal or Potluck main course. Festive when you bake in individual clam shells.