Potato and Wonderous Washington Coastal Crab Cups

  • Yield: 6 servings


2large (5 to 6 inch long)russet potatoes
2medium sweet onions such as Walla Walla's- peeled and slice thin crosswise
1/2cup vegetable stock
1/2cup heavy cream
4whole medium peeled garlic cloves, sliced thin lengthwise
1teaspoon sea salt
3tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1cup (packed) rough chopped cooked Dungeness or other crabmeat
3tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1medium lemon, cut into 6 wedges


  1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Peel potatoes and slice thinly lengthwise with mandoline or vegetable peeler; boil slices just until flexible about 1 minute.  Drain then transfer to a large bowl filled with ice water, set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan separate onions into rings, add vegetable stock, cream, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.  Heat over medium bringing it to a slight boil until liquid is absorbed about 20 minutes.
  3.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Brush six 3/4 cup ramekins with a little of the melted butter.  Drain potato slices then arrange in ramekins overlapping enough to cover the interior sides and bottoms, extending the rims with the slices by 2 inches.  Divide crabmeat into bottoms and spoon onion mixture over.  Fold the extended potato edges into the center and cover with another  small potato slice to enclose.  Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining sea salt.  Bake ramekins until golden about 45 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes, run a knife around the side of ramekins and invert onto serving plates.  Sprinkle chives over and garnish each with a lemon wedge..  Serves 6.