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Birthday Dinner Crab Claw Soup

Katherine and I had a joint celebration for our 15th and 29th birthdays (respectively) on her birthday, April 21, since mine was a week prior and Easter was the week before that… that would have been a busy 3 weekends of driving to my parents’ house.

Typically we have a pasta dish with alfredo sauce, scallops, and shrimp as our family’s “traditional” birthday dinner, but I had gotten it into my head that I wanted to make a variation on Maryland crab soup and thought this would be a great time to try it out.

“SOUP?!,” Katherine responded when she heard about my plans.  “Soup is just a bunch of stuff mixed in water.”  So my mom also made crab cakes, a salad, and cornbread.  The entire dinner was delicious, but, along with everyone else, both Katherine and my brother who refuses to eat any vegetables ever loved my soup.  They didn’t even pick through it.  Since that is in and of itself a pretty incredible accomplishment, I decided I should share the recipe in case anyone else was interested… and mostly, so I remember it for next time.

Rachel’s Crab Claw Soup

  • 8 c water
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 – 3 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 7 carrots, chopped
  • 1 smallish bag frozen corn
  • 1 smallish bag frozen green beans
  • 1/8 c – 1/4 c J.O. Crab (or Shrimp) Spice… NOT Old Bay
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 lb crab meat (I used claw meat, since it’s the most inexpensive, has the least shell in it for the money, and is really flavorful)

Combine water and all fresh and frozen vegetables in a large pot on medium-high heat.  Add J.O. Spice, stir, and replace the lid.  When all vegetables are cooked through, stir in stewed tomatoes and crab meat.  Serve and enjoy.

*You could make an even easier variation on this soup by using a big bag of mixed vegetables, plus the potatoes, celery, and onion, but my husband is highly allergic to peas.  Also, I may add some cabbage to this recipe when I make it next.  My mom also thought she saw some okra in it at first glance, which is something else that would be delicious.

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