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Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pancetta and Remoulade
© Tina Rupp

Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pancetta and Remoulade

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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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.

  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 3 cornichons, finely chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  4. 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
  5. 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 4 slices of pancetta (2 ounces)
  9. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  10. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  11. 4 jumbo soft-shell crabs
  12. All-purpose flour, for dusting
  13. 4 large brioche buns, split and toasted
  14. One 5-ounce bunch of arugula, trimmed
  15. 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  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.

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