t I spent a whopping $29 on 2 cracked crabs at the Mission Market last night. This purchase has been in the works since October 1st, since I've been obsessing about crab. Every time I go in the kitchen, I see a huge platter of crab on this month's calendar spread (the calendar is courtesy of the Foodservice giant Sysco, nabbed during my brief stint of managing Ella's Restaurant).
Crab feast for one is easy (Oscar aka Mr. Football had plans watching the Chargers game and had already eaten). I heated some olive oil and butter on the stove top, and warmed up some fresh sourdough bread chunks (torn by hand for easy dipping). Final garnishes were 2 quarters of a lemon. Making a green salad is one option, unless you want to designate all stomach space for crab, bread, butter, and beer.
Because the crab was already cracked, it was easy to pull the shells off. The best flavor combo is a generous squeeze of lemon after a dunk in the butter, bread optional. I'll try some recipes using fresh crab soon, but the crack and eat method is simple and delicious.