Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Maryland Crab Soup, local recipe, local ingredients.

Every year I have trouble finding a recipe for Maryland Crab Soup. After a year or two of research this is the one I've come up with. Everything in the recipe is from our favorite farms at the Takoma Park Farmers Market (except the crab and the old bay).

2 cloves  crushed garlic
2 tbsp butter
4 small carrots, chopped
5 small new potatoes, chopped
handful green beans cut to bite size
1 1/2 cups peas
5 small tomatoes ( I used plum and a few orange cherries), made bite size
24 oz chicken broth
1 cup water
28 oz crushed tomatoes ( also not from the market until my dream of canning tomatoes is realized)
1 lb cooked crab meat
Old Bay seasoning

over medium heat in a large stock pot, melt butter and add crushed garlic and chopped carrots. stir occasionally, cooking about 5 minutes. add potatoes and cook until potatoes begin to soften. Add green beans, peas and tomatoes, cooking another 5 minutes. add chicken broth, water and crushed tomatoes. Stir until smooth and combined. add crab meat. sprinkle with Old Bay to taste ( I thought about six shakes gave a good flavor with over powering the veggies). cover and cook at low heat about an hour or until potatoes and carrots are soft.

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