Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nonnie's Crab Cioppino



1/2 C Olive Oil
1 t Red Pepper Flakes
1 C Garlic, Finely Chopped
5 Bunches Italian Parsley, Chopped
1 #10 Can Tomato Sauce
8-10 Crabs, cracked & cleaned

In a large (10 quart) stock pot over medium heat, place olive oil, red pepper flakes, & garlic, saute for 5 minutes. Add Italian parsley, saute for another 5 minutes, add tomato sauce and stir until well blended. Add crab and simmer on low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh Sourdough French bread for sopping up that wonderful Cioppino sauce.

Background: We have been having this Crab Cioppino on Christmas Eve since I was born. And couldn't imagine one without it! My Nonnie, my Dad's Mom, who was an amazing cook, would start our Christmas Eve meal with Italian Cold Cuts, Italian Bean Salad and fresh sourdough French bread. Then we would have the long awaited Crab Cioppino. This is a family favorite and definitely leaves you wanting more. xo

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