I adapted this from Jamie Oliver's latest book - Jamie's America. See notes to my adaptations.
This was wonderful.
Southern Sausage & Crab Stew*
Good quality sausages (2-3 per person)
2 Dungenous Crabs, picked to get 2 cups crab meat**
1 onion, finely chopped
1 each red, yellow and green bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 pinches red pepper flakes, original calls for 1-2 red chiles, chopped
10 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
1 heaping tsp paprika, I used smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cayenne
2-3 heaping tbsp. all purpose flour
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1-12 oz beer
1.5 cups chicken broth***
*Original is just Southern Sausage Stew
** I pulled apart 2 dungeness crabs and put the meat in in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
***I used 1-12 oz beer for some of the chicken broth
1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Cooked long grain rice, for serving
3 scallions, chopped, for garnish
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
4 crab claws, for garnish
Put a splash of olive oil in a large saucepan and let it get hot. Add sausages and let them cook away so they brown nicely on all sides. Once golden, take them out of the pan and put them on a plate to rest. Depending on the sausages, there could be a lot of fat in the bottom of the pan. If so, remove most of it. There should be ¼ cup most left in the pan.
Add onions, bell peppers, and celery to the fat and fry on a MED heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Stir in garlic, chile flakes, thyme and spices and fry for another minute or so. Stir in flour and vinegar, beer, chicken broth and tomatoes. Using wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes. Season with some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let it simmer away for 15 minutes or so. Until it is thick. Add crabs and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the crab meat is heated through.
Place some rice in the bottom of the bowls, top with a serving of the stew. Sprinkle with scallions and parsley. Put a crab claw in the center of the bowl. Serve.
Yield: 6 servings
Source: Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
Posted by RisaG 2/20/11