Kane Klassics Myzithra Cheese Snow Crab Luguine is an outstanding dish. This post is under outdoor cooking. However during the winter you might want a very fine meal done inside your cabin or RV and this is one of my favorites. Myzithra is a traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese made with milk and whey from sheep. You can find this at Whole Foods market and Trader Joes or your food store.
The crab can be any you favor, I like the Alaskan Snow Crab and you can find it for around $7.00 a pound at Win Co shopping market or a shopping store that is close to you. Its always pre-cooked aboard ship and flash frozen and is as good as it gets following my directions.
Plan on 1 pound per person; you will steam the crab for 20 minutes in a large pot where you added, two table spoons of white vinegar, one table spoon of pepper corns, and a pinch of garlic. I add a dark beer or a cooking wine to the water as well. Use a steaming rack and place just enough boil keeping it under the the crab. This steams the crab and does not boil it.
The white vinegar and pepper corns counter any fishiness from the crab. This is one of the key secrets to a perfect dish. As the crab steams, prepare one stick of non salted butter to be browned. Browned butter is simply melted butter over low heat until it browns. Your taste will determine how brown you want it. Start your boiling water for the luguine by adding one table spoon of salt and a 1/4 stick of butter. Boil to completion where you like the hardness of softness of the pasta.
Ok, now your at 20 minutes, remove the crab and start cleaning; see the picture to see the weapons you’ll need.
The crab is hot so be careful cleaning and do check on your butter and pasta as you clean. This is a timing dance… crab cleaned, butter browned and the last step get your cheese grated per your liking.
Now your ready for the final prep. Drain the pasta and rinse quickly in cold water, on top of your rinsed pasta, add the crab, then the cheese followed by the browned butter. Chow down!
Crab (0ne pound per person)
Myzithra cheese & Cooking wine
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