Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from Thyme, a Chicago-area restaurant run by John Bubala. Thymes menu is dominated by seafood infused with the herb thyme. They have a wonderful crepe dish on the menu that is filled with crab and shrimp and a bechamel sauce.
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Thyme’s Crab and Shrimp Crepes
4 tablespoons clarified butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
Combine clarified butter and flour in saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until flour taste is gone, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Bring milk to boil. Whisking constantly, add hot milk to flour mixture; continue whisking until smooth. Put saucepan over low heat. Simmer until smooth and thick, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove sauce from heat. Stir in cheese and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasoning; mixture should be well seasoned. Sauce will be thick.
Crab and shrimp filling:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
1/4 pound fresh lump or regular crab meat
1/2 pound cooked medium shrimp, halved lengthwise
Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add green onion and onion. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add crab meat and shrimp. Stir mixture. When warm, add all but 3/4 cup Bechamel Sauce. Mix well. Heat through. (Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered airtight.)
8 (8-inch) cooked crepes
1 tablespoon minced parsley, for garnish
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
Lay 2 crepes at a time on work surface. Spoon about 1/3 cup warm Crab and Shrimp Filling over one half of each. Fold in half to close. Place crepes side by side on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining crepes. Spoon remaining Bechamel Sauce over crepes, dividing evenly. (Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.)
Tent with foil and bake at 350 degrees until warm, about 10 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 2 to 5 minutes more until sauce is bubbling. (Single servings can be reheated in microwave oven). Garnish with parsley and nutmeg. Serve warm.