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Crema De Carramares A La Donostiarra

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Ingredients
  Crab 4 Dozen
  Shrimp 4 Dozen
  Shallots 3 Small
  Onion 1 Medium
  Carrots 3 Small
  White of leek 1 Medium
  Tomato 1 Medium
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cognac 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Dry white wine 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Cream 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Egg yolks 4
  Water 17 Cup (272 tbs)
  Rice flour 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Parsley 3
  Tarragon 1
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
Directions

Heat 1/2 cyp butter with 1/2 cup olive oil in a large saucepan.
Add shallots.
When they take on color, add onion, carrots, and leeks.
Brown vegetables lightly over moderate fire, then simmer very slowly for 30 minutes, taking care not to let the butter burn.
After 15 minutes, add parsley and tarragon.
After a total of 30 minutes, add the peeled, seeded, and chopped tomato and let it reduce to a pulp.
Put the live crabs in a deep receptacle.
Mash them to a pulp with the end of a heavy chopping board.
Increase heat under vegetables.
Add crab pulp.
Warm 2/3 cup cognac in a separate saucepan and light it.
Pour flaming cognac over crabs; let flame die down while stirring.
Mix in cayenne pepper and dry white wine.
Cook mixture 5 minutes with an occasional stir.
Pour over it 17 cups of water.
When the water is hot, add rice flour diluted in 2 cups of water.
Salt to taste.
Stir and let soup cook slowly 30-35 minutes.
Remove foam from soup as it forms.
Before serving, slice peeled shrimp and fry in remaining butter over moderate fire.
Do not let butter brown.
Strain soup.
Beat yolks of the eggs in a large bowl.
In another bowl, put 1 1/2 cups of cream.
Blend a cup or two of strained soup with the cream, then add the mixture gradually to the egg yolks while stirring.
Return the resulting mixture to the pot of soup while stirring over a low fire.
Heat if necessary, but in no case allow to come to a boil.
Serve in shallow bowls topped with fried shrimp.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Appetizer
Ingredient: 
Seafood
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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