The Staff Meal, which is referred to as the “Family Meal,” is served to both the front and back of house just prior to both dinner and lunch service. Its formality varies greatly depending on the restaurant, but its logistical importance increases exponentially the larger the brigade...imagine having to serve 70 people at once. As a result, Staff Meals are typically served family style with menu selections that are comforting and hearty. The Crab & Rice Stew with a Tomato and Basil salad is a staff meal from a restaurant in Spain.
This dish can best be described as a Crab Risotto, however this version has more broth. This can easily be modified into a Risotto for a creamy finish. Rice will be briefly sauteed in a sofrito, which is stewed onions & tomatoes, and then the scratch-made fish stock added every 5 minutes until absorbed. Picada is added to provide a distinct Spanish flavor. Picada is essentially a Spanish version of pesto, with saffron being the only additional ingredient. A Picado replaces the basil with parsley and the pine nuts with hazelnuts, while still containing both garlic and olive oil. Lastly, while the actual recipe calls for whole crabs, we will be providing fresh Chesapeake Blue Crab that recently came into season.
The Crab & Rice Stew is served with simple tomatoes & basil side salad drizzled with unfiltered olive oil. While simple, the tomatoes are to be served at room temperature to enhance flavor.
Time to Cook: 30 min.
Cook by Day: Saturday
Items included (serves 2)
Sofrito (stewed onions & tomatoes)
Picada (parsley, saffron, hazelnuts, garlic, unfiltered olive oil)
*Menu items subject to slight variation based on the availability of fresh ingredients; Picture is not necessarily representative of final dish
Meal Contains (including add-ons): Tree Nuts. We store, portion, and package various meal kits containing all eight (8) major allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur between kits.
Add-on Checkout Items
Double the Chesapeake Blue Crab
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