Last weekend I had my family over and I made my favorite childhood meal for them, Crabs and Spaghetti. I remember…
eating this meal as a child and just loving every minute of it. It is a very messy meal and it takes a bit of time to pick out all the meat but it is well worth it. My father caught half of the crabs and we bought the rest.
How do you make this scrumptious meal? It is easy. I take a heavy large stock pot and coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil and then heat for about 3 minutes or until fragrant. Once you can smell the fragrance of the oil you then put in your crabs, onions, garlic, basil, and oregano. Sauté these until the onions are translucent. Then add the wine and let simmer for about one minute then add the tomatoes. Let them simmer for 2–3 hours. The longer the better!
When I was a child I can remember my mother letting the sauce cook all day long. The family would arrive (your typical big Italian family) and everyone would take a turn stirring the sauce. I can still remember hearing my mother yell out in the house “somebody mix the sauce”! If you were a kid playing and you heard that call to “mix the sauce” it was a signal. Quickly! That’s when you ran to the kitchen to try and get a taste! Sometimes it was a spoonful and other times it was a little bit of sauce in a bowl and a piece of Italian bread to sop up the
yummy goodness that had been simmering for hours. I can still remember playing in the yard with my cousins in the summer and the sauce would be cooking. The windows on the house were open and the beautiful
fragrance of sauce in the summer air. The smell of sauce in the air is a sign to non-Italian neighbors that Italians are living in the neighborhood.
When I make this Recipe it’s usually enough to feed about 12–15 people maybe more…
4 or 5 bags of Blue Crabs
Olive oil– about 3 swirls of the bottle around the pot or ¼ of a cup
3 cups onions
8 cloves of Garlic
¼ of a cup fresh oregano or 2 Tablespoons of dried
3 cups white wine
12 lbs. Tomatoes– If you buy them at Costco this would be 3– #10 cans, if you use organic (Bionature- glass bottles) this would be 12 bottles and if you are like me and can your own tomatoes in 12 oz. jars you would need about 24 jars. I would think though, if you are canning your own tomatoes then you don’t need this recipe. (LOL)
I should also mention that due to being married to a non-Italian I puree the onions, garlic, basil and oregano together so he cannot find them (and he’s ok with this). If this is a non-issue for you then you can just do a fine dice on these items.
P.S. I would love to here about some of your favorite childhood memories/meals so please share…