Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On a Budget Crabby Soup

Do you love crab soup but have a Chicken Noodle Budget?  For a quick pot of crab soup that doesn't cost you a bundle, you can find small 6 oz. cans of BumbleBee or Chicken of the Sea Crabmeat for around $2.00 to $2.50 at your local grocer or Walmart. 

2 Six oz cans of crabmeat
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 medium onion (diced small)
1 sm rib of celery (diced small)
1 green onion (sliced thin)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
tbs plain flour
3 cups milk
2 cups water 
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 chicken stock cube (boullion)
1/2 tsp Tony Chachere's
1/2 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne, paprika, nutmeg
1 bay leaf

In a small sauce pot  bring the 2 cups of water to a boil, add the stock cube and stir until it dissolves. Keep warm.  Melt butter in pot or saucepan. Sauté onions, celery, green onion, garlic, and spices. 

When onions are softened, add 4 tbs of flour. Stir until flour turns a light tan color. Add the chicken stock and whisk into roux. Once stock is mixed in woth roux, add milk and cream. Bring mixture up to a near boil being careful not to scorch it. Add crabmeat and fold in well. 

Turn heat down to simmer. Let cook and thicken about 20 - 30 mins longer stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy. This is also a great base for when you have a good 16 oz. can of pricey lump crabmeat. This soup is great with Cheddar Bay Biscuits or cornbread.

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