Over the centuries, the cuisine of Hamburg established a well-deserved reputation for its sophistication. The wealthy traders of this city-state played a leading role in the Hanseatic League, and they certainly ate well. This crab soup is a classic made with live crabs, but you can also substitute good-quality canned crabmeat.
Servings 6 servings
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 med yellow onion peeled and finely chopped
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- 1 leek thoroughly cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
- 1 stalk celery trimmed and chopped
- 2 cans chicken broth (14½-ounce each)
- 1/2 cup green peas resh shelled or frozen
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 6 spears white asparagus fresh cooked or canned, drained
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 can pasteurized crabmeat, 16-ounce can or ½ pound fresh crabmeat
- 2 tbsp cognac or some other good brandy
- salt and freshly milled black pepper
Recipe courtesy of Nadia Hassani, Spoonfuls of Germany
Heat the butter in a pot and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the carrot, leek, celery, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the soup through a fine sieve and transfer the broth back to the pot. Add the peas and cook 5 to 10 minutes, depending on whether you use fresh or frozen.
Mix the flour with a few tablespoons of the broth in a small bowl until the flour is entirely dissolved, then whisk it into the soup. Simmer until the soup thickens, stirring constantly.