- 4 medium to large soft shell crabs -- cleaned and rinsed
1/2 cup buttermilk
salt and freshly ground black pepper cayenne -- to taste 1 cup yellow cornmeal
adobo mayonnaise: 2/3 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilis -- (up to 3)
-- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs -- i.e. cilantro,
-- chervil, parsley, and/or tarragon bell pepper slaw: 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
salt and freshly ground black pepper cayenne -- to taste 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs -- i.e. cilantro,
-- chervil, parsley and/or tarragon 1/2 red bell pepper -- seeded and finely
1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper -- seeded and finely
1/2 green bell pepper -- seeded and finely
4 cups finely sliced green cabbage
peanut oil for frying 4 large sour dough rolls -- cut in half
-- crosswise mixed greens and tomato slices for -- garnish
Place the cleaned crabs in the buttermilk, turning to coat, and allow to sit fo r 15 minutes. In a shallow dish combine the salt, pepper, cayenne and cornmeal and reserve.
In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, adobo sauce and fresh herbs. Adjust seasoning, if necessary, with salt and pepper. Cover a nd refrigerate until ready to use.
In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, orange juice, mustard, orange z est, salt, pepper and cayenne. Gradually whisk in the olive oil in a stream unt il vinaigrette is emulsified. Stir in the fresh herbs. In a large bowl combine the bell peppers and green cabbage, tossing to combine. Pour the vinaigrette ov er the mixed vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and reserve.
1/4-inch of peanut oil until very hot. Remove the crabs from the buttermilk, scraping off any excess buttermilk with your finger s. Dip the crabs in the cornmeal mixture and turn to coat. Carefully place the crabs in the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, turning once, a bout
3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer crabs to paper towels to drain.
To assemble sandwiches, spread rolls with adobo mayonnaise, tuck a crab into ea ch sliced open roll and top each crab with some coleslaw. Garnish plate with le ttuce greens, sliced tomatoes and an extra dollop of adobo mayonnaise.