Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Bean Brandade Recipe

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Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Bean Brandade
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  1. Rinse beans with cold water; place in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 2 inches; let soak overnight. Drain. Return beans to same pan. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 3 to 4 inches.
  2. Add celery stalk, carrot, and onion. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon coarse salt; let beans cool in cooking liquid. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill in cooking liquid. Before using, drain beans, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  3. Lightly butter 1-quart baking dish. Combine crab, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl; chill.
  4. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chopped celery, garlic, and cayenne; stir 2 minutes. Add beans and 1/4 cup cooking liquid; cook until heated through, mashing beans coarsely, about 2 minutes. Add Crescenza cheese; stir until melted. Fold in crab mixture and 2 tablespoons parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking dish. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill crab brandade uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake brandade uncovered until heated through and mixture begins to bubble at edges, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve warm with toasted baguette slices.
  6. Ingredient tip: Crescenza cheese is a soft-ripened cow’s-milk cheese traditionally made in Italy. Look for it at your local cheese store, or order it online from or .
  7. What to drink: Try a crisp California Chardonnay with the appetizers. We like the Cakebread Cellars 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($39). It’s bright and fruity, with notes of lemon zest and pear. The Napa Valley winery, which was founded in 1973, is currently run by four members of the Cakebread family.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 276.45 Kcal (1157 kJ)
Calories from fat 231.69 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.74g 40%
Cholesterol 57.42mg 19%
Sodium 313.63mg 13%
Potassium 103.7mg 2%
Total Carbs 9.22g 3%
Sugars 2.99g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.31g 9%
Protein 3.81g 8%
Vitamin C 8.3mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 18%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 67.9mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 278.71 Kcal (1167 kJ)
Calories from fat 233.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.95g 40%
Cholesterol 57.89mg 19%
Sodium 316.2mg 13%
Potassium 104.55mg 2%
Total Carbs 9.3g 3%
Sugars 3.02g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.33g 9%
Protein 3.84g 8%
Vitamin C 8.4mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 18%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 68.5mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 7.2
  • 8

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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