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Budin De Centolla (Crab Pudding)

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Ingredients
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  Chopped shallots/Onions 1 Tablespoon
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Light cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2
  Crab meat 12 Ounce (Fresh Canned Or Frozen Picked Over To Remove All Bits Of Shell And Cartilage)
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1 Pinch
  Sliced muenster cheese 1⁄2 Pound
  Egg whites 3
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper white 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a 2 to 3 qt.enameled or stainless steel saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat.
When the foam subsides, stir in the shallots or onions and cook for several minutes.
Do not let them brown.
Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for a minute or two.
Slowly pour in the cream, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Then over high heat, cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer slowly for 2 minutes to remove any taste of raw flour.
One at a time, beat the egg yolks into the sauce.
Then bring the sauce to a boil, stirring con-stantly, and boil for 30 seconds.
Remove from heat, stir in the crab meat, nutmeg & cayenne.
Lightly butter the bottom & sides of a 2 quart casserole or souffle dish, and spoon in half the crab mixture.
Spread with half the cheese slices, then spoon in the rest of the crab mixture and cover with the remaining cheese.
In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, salt & pepper with a whisk or a rotary or electric beater until they form unwavering peaks on the beater when it is lifted out of the bowl.
Gently spread the whites over the sliced cheese and sprinkle the top with the grated cheese.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes, or until the meringue is golden.
Serve at once.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pudding
Ingredient: 
Seafood
Interest: 
Gourmet
Servings: 
4

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