Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith
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Crab Casserole for One
This is a recipe I will never forget! While Leslie and I were growing up, we moved frequently
because of Dad's career in the army. In 1968 we moved to Patuxent River Navy Base in Maryland so Dad could complete
the Navy's rigorous nine-month test pilot school. After he graduated we stayed on for three more years when he became
the Army Liaison Officer at the school. It was while we were in Maryland that Mom and Dad purchased our first boat,
which was named the Terre S after Mom. Many weekends were spent cruising the Chesapeake Bay, and we soon became
avid and successful crabbers. With all those crabs it was not long before Mom was making Crab Casserole on a
regular basis, and it soon became a family favorite.
1970: Posing for Holiday Pictures. Various views of the family on the Terre S at Patuxent River Navy
Base in Maryland. Left: entire view of the Terre S, Middle: Leslie, me (center) and Mom. No smiles from Leslie or me — it's
the braces you know. Right: The entire family on the deck of the Terre S. (Photos are in thumbnail few. Click on any photo to see
a larger version.)
I'll never forget the microwave version of this recipe! One day Mom interrupted me while I was working to
tell me she had a surprise for me. She had made me Crab Casserole for lunch. I eagerly left my work at the computer and
rushed into the kitchen. I couldn't wait to taste Crab Casserole again. As we were living in Central Florida at this time
just prior to the book being published, crabbing was a pursuit of the distant past. I sat down, eagerly anticipating the flavor
that would soon tickle my taste buds. I took one bite, and immediately spit it out. Yuck! Thats awful, I exclaimed.
That's when Mom confessed she had used me as a guinea pig for that attempt at creating the recipe. She had used canned crab instead
of fresh or frozen crab just to see if it made a difference in the outcome of the recipe. Boy, did it ever! Mom apologized for tempting
me and then disappointing me and promised to make me another Crab Casserole with fresh crab, which of course, she did.
One of the great features of Microwave Cooking for One is that the recipes are from scratch using fresh or
frozen ingredients which makes for healthier and tastier results. So, be sure to use fresh or frozen crab when creating
the recipe below. I can personally attest to the fact that it really makes a difference in the taste!
Crab Casserole for One
1 small egg
¼ tsp. water
Butter custard cup. Break egg into cup. Puncture egg yolk with fork, then
sprinkle with water. Cover cup with a glass lid (from another utensil) or plastic wrap. Cook 25 seconds (_____) at 100%
power. Turn cup halfway around. Cook 20 seconds (_____) at 100% power until egg is hard cooked. (Autrotating
oven: Eliminate turn.) Turn out onto small plate, remove and mash yolk on one side of plate, and chop egg white on the other
side. Set aside.
2 tbsp. butter
½ tbsp. flour
¼ cup cream or half and half
2 tsp. mayonnaise
¼ tsp. prepared mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
1/16 tsp. pepper
Place butter in a 1-quart bowl and cook 45 seconds (_____) at 100% power
to melt. Add flour, cream, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and mashed egg yolk. Mix well with wire whisk. Add chopped egg white.
4 oz. (1/2 cup) cooked crab meat*
¾ tsp. sherry
Add crab meat and mix with rubber spatula. Add sherry, mix well, then pour into petite pan or grab it bowl.
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
Place butter in custard cup and cook 30 seconds (_____) at 100% power to
melt. Add bread crumbs and mix with small fork. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of crab mixture in petite pan. Cook 2:00
minutes (_____) at 100% power. Turn cup halfway around. Cook 2:00 minutes (_____) at 100% power. (Autrotating oven:
Eliminate turn.) Let stand one minute before serving.
* A 6 oz. defrosted package of frozen crab meat yields
4 oz. (Defrost for 5:00 minutes.)
* 3 or 4 cooked whole crabs yields 4 oz. of crab meat. (See recipe in Microwave Cooking for
One for recipe to cook live crabs in the microwave.)
NOTE: Cooking times are for a
700-watt oven. For best results with this and any other microwave recipe, please be sure to go to
Timing of the Microwaving Tips section for
a complete explanation of timing in the microwave.
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My hubby keeps looking in the cookbook, and asks "when will you cook this recipe?"—Lori Hamby, Florida
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