New Orleans Hangover Remedy

New Orleans Hangover Remedy

4 parts ethyl alcohol
1 part ether
A few drops of your favorite perfume
Stir and sniff
Stuffed Crab
1 tablespoon butter, softened, plus 7 tablespoons butter cut into 1/2 -inch cubes
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons soft crumbs from a baguette or similar bread, pulverized in a blender
1/4 cup fish stock or clam broth
1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • pound fresh or frozen crab meat, drained
    1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
    2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread the softened butter over the bottoms
    of 6 medium-size natural or ceramic crab or scallop shells. In a large bowl,
    mix 2 cups of the bread crumbs with the fish stock and set aside.

  2. In a heavy, 10-inch skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter cubes over
    moderate heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until they are
    translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to the bowl of
    moistened bread crumbs. Add the crab meat, scallions, parsley, cayenne and
    salt, and mix well.

  3. Mound the crabmeat mixture into the buttered shells. Sprinkle the
    remaining 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs and remaining 3 tablespoons of
    butter cubes over the tops and lay the shells on a large, shallow baking
    dish. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 15 minutes, then put under the
    broiler for 30 seconds or so to brown the tops. Serve hot in the shells.

YIELD Serves 6 as a first course