Chef Sean Brock's Crab Rice Recipe
When we asked Chef Sean Brock to come to our Potluck Playlist dinner, we knew his contribution would be a mix of southern hospitality and top-notch ingredients to highlight what the Low Country had to offer. “One of our prized possessions in the Low Country: Blue crab”, says Brock showcasing his crab rice to all of us. The dish is layered with a heap of crispy blue crab, a crab roe sofrito, Carolina Gold rice, and salted and cured egg yolk. Watch the video and make it for yourself.
SEAN BROCK'S CRAB RICE RECIPE Feeds: Approximately 4 people as an appetizer or side dish.
INGREDIENTS 80 grams Charleston Ice Cream (recipe below) 80 grams lump crabmeat 1 tablespoon mirepoix base (recipe below) butter lemon tomato jam (recipe below) lovage benne seeds
DIRECTIONS 1. In a small saute pan, heat a little butter until it is foaming. Add crab and allow to brown, undisturbed. Add mirepoix base and stir. Season with lemon and a little salt and pepper.
2. To serve, place a few dollops of tomato jam on the base of the plate, cover with the rice. Be sure to spread the rice out on the plate. Sprinkle lovage and benne seed over the rice. Then cover the rice with the crabmeat mixture.
For the mirepoix base 50 grams bacon 50 grams crab roe 190 grams onion, small dice 190 grams celery, small dice 12 grams garlic, minced 125 grams bell pepper, small dice
Directions 1. Sweat bacon until soft, add crab roe and sweat a minute. Add onion and sweat 3-4 minutes. Add celery and pepper and cook until soft. Cool and reserve
For the Charleston Ice Cream (rice) 6 cups water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp white pepper 1 bay leaf 1 cup Carolina gold rice 4 Tbsp butter, unsalted
Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. In a heavy stockpot, bring the water, salt, white pepper and bay leaf to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add the rice, stir once, and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes. Drain the rice.
2. Spread the rice onto a sheet tray. Dry the rice in the oven, mixing occasionally. After 10 minutes, spread the butter evenly over the rice. Continue stirring every few minutes. The rice should be dry in about 15 minutes, and the grains should separate.
For the tomato jam YIELD: 1 cup
2 cups cider vinegar 1 cup brown sugar 3 ripe heirloom tomatoes (blanched, peeled, deseeded and chopped) ½ cup Worcestershire sauce whole nutmeg whole cardamom ½c extra virgin olive oil salt
Directions 1. In a large nonreactive saucepan over high heat, add the vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and Worcestershire. Bring back to a boil. Simmer the mixture until very dry, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. The mixture should be a very dark brown color and very thick. Add the mixture to a blender with the olive oil, blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and one or two runs of the nutmeg with a microplane. Season with cardamom.