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Spring pea soup with North Coast Dungeness crab

Recipe by:Chef Todd Knoll
Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Healdsburg

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sugar snap peas
    1 shallot, roughly chopped
    1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp. butter
    1/4 cup chardonnay  
    1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    Mineral water, as needed
    1 large Dungeness crab, cooked and cleaned (or 1 1/2 cups fresh crabmeat)
    1 tbsp. hazelnut oil
    1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
    1 tsp. chopped fresh lemon thyme
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    Garden blossoms and herbs, for garnish
    1 tbsp. pistachio oil, for garnish 

Directions

Cook peas uncovered in rapidly boiling, salted water for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Chill peas quickly in an ice bath, drain and reserve. Sauté shallot in olive oil and butter until soft. Add wine to pan and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Add cream and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool. Place reserved peas and shallot-cream mixture in a food processor and purée. Add mineral water until puree is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Chill about 45 minutes.

Toss crab with hazelnut oil, tarragon and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Mound crab in the center of 6 shallow bowls. Ladle soup around crab. Garnish with your favorite edible blossoms and herbs (such as rose petals, lemon thyme blossoms, tarragon or chervil) and a drizzle of pistachio oil.

Serves 6

 

 

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