Blue Crab and Summer Vegetable Soup Chef Justin Devillier This is a tasty crab stock soup - feel free to experiment with all kinds of fresh vegetables from your summer garden. Cook/Prep Time: 2 HoursServings: 4 Ingredients 1/2 pound blue crab bodies, rinsed and dried 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 carrot, peeled and medium diced 2 large yellow onions, medium diced 2 celery stalks, medium diced 2 whole bay leaves 15 whole black peppercorns 1 ounce fresh thyme, tied with twine 3 ounces seasonal greens, chopped small 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup mirlitons, small dice 1/2 cup sweet red bell pepper, peeled and diced small 2 cups ripe heirloom tomatoes, concassé 1/2 pound Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, picked for shells salt, to taste white pepper, to taste extra-virgin olive oil, to taste 1/2 cup fresh herbs, picked and left whole Directions Broth Break up the crab bodies and set aside. Heat oil in a 12-quart stock pot. Once oil is nice and hot, add crab bodies one by one, being sure not to splash oil on your arms. Stir with a large spoon over high heat until all the water is cooked out of the crabs and they begin to turn dark red and/or golden in color. As bits of crab begin to stick to the bottom of the pot, scrape them off with your spoon: This is called “fond” and adds lots of flavor. Once your crabs are dry and you have developed plenty of fond, add your tomatoes, carrots, onion, and celery. Stir to incorporate and cover with water 3 inches above the crabs and vegetables. Add herbs and spices. Bring to a boil and turn down to medium-low heat. Let simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Strain through a chinoise three times and chill. Hold under refrigeration until needed. To Complete: Heat broth to a simmer. In the pot with the broth, add the greens and let simmer about 5 minutes. Meanwhile in a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and sauté the mirlitons for 1 minute. Add red peppers and continue to sauté for 30 more seconds. In 5 soup bowls, divide the heirloom tomato, mirliton, red bell pepper, and jumbo crab. Season broth to taste with salt and white pepper. Pour over veggies in bowls and garnish with lots of fresh herbs and olive oil. Chef’s Notes: The key to this soup is the quality of the crab stock. Once you have a delicious stock, you can add all kinds of fresh vegetables from your summer garden. Show off your culinary skills. Share pictures of your finished dish on social media and tag them with #LouisianaSeafood!