Monday, March 26, 2012

From the Fisherman's Market to Crab Cobb Salad Cups


If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you already know that on Saturday our family visited the Santa Barbara Fisherman's Market. Every Saturday from about 7:30 to 11:30 AM, fishermen line the harbor selling their fresh fish, crab, and lobster. B and I were immediately drawn to the crawly red Rock Crab piled inside crates. For $6 we got one big crab to take home for lunch. Sweet B thought we were bringing him home for a pet, so she was a little confused when we dropped him into a pot of boiling water. She got over it quickly though, and was fascinated by the process.


This fisherman from Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. was so nice and posed for a picture with B and our crabby pet/lunch.  The girls thought it was very silly that we had a live crab pinching around inside a bag in the car and let out shrieks every time we heard the bag move. Similar shrieks were heard when we dropped the crab into the pot, only I was the one doing the screaming. It was all quite a hilarious scene, as I'm new to live crab cooking and fumbled around with the guy before actually getting him into the water. 

After steaming for 20 minutes, B and I cracked into the crab. Most of the meat was in the claws and legs. I got so freaked out about opening the body that we didn't get any meat there. 
Our Saturday crab adventure was a wonderful learning experience for the girls, and so much fun.
I'm sure B will never forget that seafood comes from sea and not the supermarket. 
And that the meat comes from real living creatures. 

  The girls enjoyed the crab meat plain, but I wanted to make a fun recipe with some of the ingredients I had around the house. These mini Crab Cobb Salad Cups are packed with flavor. Served in tiny packages, they're perfect for itty bitty hands. They're pretty and sophisticated enough for party or even wedding hors d'oeuvres, don't you think? This combination would also be great stuffed inside avocado halves for lunch.

P.S. You don't have to steam a live crab to make these. Cooked crab legs can be found at your local fish market or grocery store. If you are on the coast though, I highly recommend getting it right off the boat. Whether it's picking blueberries in the summer, apples in the fall, or whatever grows near you, getting fresh food from the source is a lot of fun.

Crab Cobb Salad Cups  

makes 15

1 package of 15 mini fillo shells (such as Athens brand found in the freezer section)
1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup cooked crab meat
1/4 cup micro greens
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional) 
2 tablespoons crumbled Blue cheese  

Thaw fillo shells by leaving them at room temperature for 20 minutes. Place a small piece of avocado, half a cherry tomato, and a pinch of greens inside each cup. Fill with crab meat and top with a pinch of crumbled bacon and blue cheese.

*I didn't measure for this recipe. It is not an exact science, so these estimations of amounts will be fine - just stuff the shells with the amounts YOU like!

33 comments:

  1. I wish we had a fish market here in Long Beach. We have Ports o' Call close by but I don't hear good things about it. The head kinda weirds me out with all of the green goo so yes I also stick to the legs and claws,
    Great post!

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  2. Great post! These look yummy. Your pictures always look great!

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  3. I do live on the coast (east), so I am going to do some searching to see if I can find a way to procure fresh crab - you've inspired me! Love the wharf-side pics and the recipe sounds delicious...

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  4. These sound so delicious! Love that you made them perfect for little hands!

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  5. Oh Dear friend! It is such a wonderful post! Brings many memories from the time we lived in Seattle and did get mostly everything from "the boat". Lovely post, and beautiful photos. I love a microgreens touch...

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  6. Love the third photo!! Too cute!

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  7. omg yes please....these photos are so great and those cakes look to die for!!!!!!

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  8. Hoooooly. I love these! I want 4 billion.

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  9. These sound so amazing! I need 4 or 5 of these in my life right about now :) What a fun little outing with your family! Love all the sweet pics

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  10. what an incredibly beautiful post. mouth is watering. lordy. you have made the whole process magic for me, and the thought of spending a day this way has me INSPIRED.

    thank you for sharing this lovely.

    michele

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  11. How funny! i can only imagine you and that little crab in the kitchen together :) Looks like you win in the end!

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  12. These look so tasty! I love crab, and what I wouldn't do to get some fresh crab from the market!!

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  13. Love the recipe you whipped up with your fresh crab! Once when we bought fresh lobster, our daughter(she was about 5) was rather upset when we put it in the water to cook, and it made a whining sound!?! I didn't like it much either, but it sure was delicious!

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  14. A wonderful recipe! Those cups must taste so good. I wish I could buy such crabs. Lovely clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. These look so good! What a fun experience for your girls. I would be freaked out about getting him in the pot. What if he gets out?

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  16. Oh, momma.....I'm so ready for lunch at your house. I love that you got the catch of the day. Fresh and delicious. The way life should be. Lovely.

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  17. The photo with your daughter holding the crab claws...priceless!

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  18. Wow! My mouth is watering just thinking of the delectable combination you've assembled. I have some of the little filo cups in the freezer, now all I need is the crab and the rest. It looks delicious. Very fun family field trip.
    Karen

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  19. ohhhh.....your killing me.....this looks divine....fresh crab is one of my all time favorite things, beautiful photos

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  20. What a wonderful and cute recipe! I love the atmosphere of the docks. Nothing like fresh fish and crabs, however I'd rather them clean them for me.

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  21. Wowza! These look so darn good!! Can't wait to try this out!

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  22. I loved the pictures of your adventure. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Love the photos and how you make a outing so adventurous and a wonderful learning experience; I also thought the pictures of your chickens/eggs amd your daughters were wonderful, such a treat to look at.

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  24. I am loving all of these images!
    Those crab salad cups look yummy and adorable all at the same time!

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  25. okay first of all I love that you took the girls! They look adorable handling the seafood and so much fun. The crab cobb cups are amazing- what a great idea. we love crab around here

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  26. What a beautiful post!! Your photos are enchanting. Those cups look divine, I have to make them!

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  27. These photos look amazing! Felt like I was there. And the crab cobb cups look so delicious! As always, I look forward to your posts :)
    XO - Marion

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  28. WOOOWW....bellas fotos y rico menĂº me encanta,lindo post,felicitaciones,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  29. Fabulous pictures!

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  30. gorgeous cups! and looks delish, too!

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  31. Doesn't get any better than this. Amazingly fresh seafood, turned delectable cuisine, turned stunning photos. Love your daughter with the crab. Beautiful everything, Marina.

    We are fortunate to get fresh seafood, too...just the opposite coast, of course. Most the time, my husband catches it himself. (Free is good. Well, factor in the cost of gas for the boat...and bait...and snacks...and renewing the fishing license...should I go on? Lol.)

    (I've missed stopping by. I need to poke around and catch up!)

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  32. Great photos!!!
    These little cream treats look AMAZING!

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