Delicious Asparagus Recipe – Crab Asparagus Soup with Nutmeg
Whether you are looking for an exciting appetizer recipe, an unusual lunch recipe, or a satisfying and warming supper recipe, crab asparagus soup is a wonderful idea.
Not only does this soup offer a pleasing flavor and texture but also pairing crab with asparagus means your soup will contain two gourmet ingredients and be as impressive to eat, as it is easy to prepare. You can use thawed asparagus for this if you like but you will get the best results using fresh asparagus instead.
How to Start Making the Soup
Melt a stick of butter over a low to medium heat in a skillet, and then add two tablespoons of chopped onion and sauté until tender. Slowly stir in ¼ cup of all-purpose flour and whisk in four cups of milk. It is best to add this in stages else you might get lumps.
Seasoning the Crab Asparagus Soup
Add 2 teaspoons each of chicken bouillon powder and parsley flakes, half a teaspoon each of salt, Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and black pepper, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Stir the mixture well.
You can add another pinch of Old Bay Seafood Seasoning if you want. Keep cooking the mixture until it is thick. If it gets too thick you can stir in some milk.
Adding the Crab and Asparagus
Add a pound of backfin crabmeat and half a pound of chopped asparagus and cook for ten minutes or until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Taste the soup and add more seasoning if necessary. This recipe makes enough for eight one-cup servings.
More Gourmet Crab and Asparagus Ideas
Combining crab with asparagus gives you a luxurious dish, although it does not need to be anything expensive. If you want the flavors of crab and asparagus without the high cost, consider using canned crab instead of fresh crabmeat. You can either make a crab and asparagus soup or another dish.
Crab and asparagus salad is a nice idea for the warmer months, and you can stir well-drained crabmeat with finely sliced asparagus (blanched or fully cooked until crisp-tender) with mayonnaise or sour cream, adding a pinch of curry powder and a squeeze of lemon juice for seasoning. Add some fresh cilantro leaves as a garnish if you like. You can serve this crab and asparagus salad on a bed of lettuce or you can serve it with avocado or even on toast.
This would make a lovely appetizer. For an entrée, what about adding asparagus and crab to cooked pasta, couscous or rice. Add your favorite seasonings and sprinkle some shaved or grated parmesan over the dish before serving and serve hot or warm.
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