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February 18th, 2007, 12:56 PM
Crusty individual bread rounds are stuffed with succulent crab and topped with a buttery wine sauce. Make-ahead tip: Prepare the bread shells and crab filling up to a day ahead of time. Just store the shells at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag, and refrigerate the crab filling.


2 (3-ounce) Kaiser rolls

Deviled crab:

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions, divided

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons light mayonnaise

1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/8 teaspoon paprika

1/2 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed

Beurre blanc:

1/3 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Julienne-cut green onions (optional)


Preheat oven to 375.

To prepare boules, hollow out each roll, leaving about a 1/4-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread for another use. Place bread shells on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

To prepare deviled crab, combine 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, 1/4 cup wine, and garlic in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in mayonnaise, mustard, red pepper, and paprika. Add 2 tablespoons chopped green onions and crab; toss gently to combine. Spoon crab mixture evenly into bread shells. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

To prepare beurre blanc, combine 2 tablespoons broth, shallots, 1/4 cup wine, vinegar, and bay leaf in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 3 minutes). Drain through a fine sieve into a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids.

Return wine mixture to pan. Combine remaining broth and cornstarch, stirring well with a whisk; stir into wine mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add butter, stirring until butter melts. Stir in juice and black pepper. Serve beurre blanc immediately over warm boules. Garnish with julienne-cut green onions, if desired.

Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 boule and about 1/4 cup sauce)