Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pancetta and Remoulade

Chef Way Bruce Sherman places crabs and pancetta on small rounds of brioche slathered with homemade remoulade (mayonnaise mixed with mustard, capers, cornichons and herbs). He then sprinkles them with bits of hard-boiled egg and dresses the plate with a caper-brown butter sauce.

Easy Way Prepare hefty soft-shell crab sandwiches by layering salty slices of pancetta, slabs of tomato and a remoulade made with store-bought mayonnaise. Skip the fancy plating, omitting the eggs and the butter sauce.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cornichons, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices of pancetta (2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 jumbo soft-shell crabs
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 4 large brioche buns, split and toasted
  • One 5-ounce bunch of arugula, trimmed
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, cornichons, red onion, tarragon, capers and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large skillet, arrange the pancetta slices in a single layer. Place a flat pot lid, slightly smaller than the skillet, directly on the pancetta to weight it down. Cook over moderate heat, turning once, until the pancetta is crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer the pancetta to paper towels and wipe out the skillet.

  3. In the skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil. Season the soft-shell crabs with salt and pepper and dust them generously with flour. Add the crabs to the skillet and cook over high heat, turning once, until crisp, about 7 minutes.

  4. Spread the remoulade on the cut sides of the buns. Arrange the pancetta on the bottoms and top with the arugula, tomato slices and crabs. Close the sandwiches, cut them in half and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Vivid, red cherry-inflected rosé, such as one from the Russian River Valley.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published July 2007

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