100. Crab Louis

Ah, Louie, Louie, oh no, said we gotta go….yah yah yah yah yah yah.

OK, so I got that out of the way.

Um. No I didn’t. Because that song made me go here:

And then that started this stream of consciousness rant:

Damn! That’s Priscilla Presley at the end of that clip! I remember when she was on Dallas. That was a long time ago. They’re making a new Dallas. She was married to Elvis. I love Elvis. They got married at the Aladdin in Vegas. That’s not there anymore. What’s there now?(I looked this up afterwards: The Aladdin was imploded in 1998 and on the site is now the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Are Sly & Bruce & Arnold & Demi still making money on that brand? I remember once having a Planet Hollywood board game and no one ever wanted to play with me. 1. Because everyone I knew thought board games were lame and 2. I was too good at it. I was impossible to beat). Why didn’t I go see the Elvis statue at the Las Vegas Hilton when I was there? If I go again I want to stay at the Hilton. They have a Benihana and a monorail. A monorail! Look how gorgeous and unbelievably happy Elvis and Priscilla were at their wedding. Wow, doesn’t she look a lot like Kelly Kapowski? I want her manicure and I miss my hair from when it was really long and black. Why did I cut my hair? Oh, that’s right. Damn you, X-Files. Damn you, Gillian Anderson. 

Sigh.

#100 Crab Louis, or how it is sometimes referenced: The King of Salads. The salad apparently has a storied history. Where did it originate? What is the correct preparation? This article has some insight:

“The crab Louis’ origin may be cloudy, but the salad’s popularity is clear”

So what makes  Louis a Louis is the dressing. And from what I can tell, #100’s take on the Crab Louis is pretty standard. The sauce is made from mayonnaise, cream, chili sauce, green pepper, green onion, salt and lemon juice. And #100 had the addition of both horseradish and Worcestershire sauce.

But it is not 1000 Island dressing, as the above article so vehemently states. However, I would not have minded 1000 Island as I consider it the King of Salad dressings.

The Dinner is Served! version is comprised of asparagus, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and black olives on Romaine and Iceberg lettuces.  And I followed #100’s instructions to the T. One change, however. And I know that it is sacrilege here in the Land of Pleasant Living where regional pride and tourism hinges on the almighty Chesapeake Blue Crab; but for my Crab Louis I used surimi a.k.a fake crab meat.

Oh, don’t be surprised. I wanted to be frugal and one 12 oz. package of imitation crab is around $5 whereas a 6-8 oz container of lump crab can be as much as $15 and if you get crab legs and extract the crab, well, you’re still at $9-$12 dollars a pound.

So sue me for not wanting to break the bank on jumbo lump crab meat. In my defense, the Crab Classic is heart healthy and an excellent source of Omega-3s. It says it right there on the package. So I’m totally staving off a heart attack, varicose veins and depression. Yay.

Anyway, I made the salad. And I made it just like DiS! told me to.

OK. That’s a lie. I fiddled around with the ratios of the ingredients in the dressing, but it does say ‘to taste.’ I added a lot more horseradish, extra green onion and green pepper, and I added some Old Bay in an attempt to recoup some of my Baltimore street cred.

Here it is:

It wasn’t bad. I made a half-sized portion because it was just me, but I did end up using it all. I had a dinner, and 2 lunches: 1 as a proper Louis salad and for the other I mixed the dressing with the surimi, topped it with shredded lettuce, and served it on a toasted Everything bagel. That was pretty damn good.

So the dressing was a half-success. It’s really thick and it’s SO close to being a 1000 Island that I just would rather have 1000 Island.

The canned asparagus was absolute shit and had no business being on my salad. I remedied that when I redid #100 for Cleve later that week.

I made the salad as #100 directed, except I substituted blanched fresh asparagus spears and the salad was crab-free because I served it as part of a meal with freshly-steamed Dungeness crab clusters.

The other elements of the meal were melted lemon-butter, oven-roasted corn on the cob, homemade cocktail sauce, and Natty Boh in a can. It wasn’t as good as sitting on a dock somewhere and tearing apart some blue crabs, but it was still pretty damn good. And the Dungeness crab was quite good when dipped in the Louis sauce.

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Here’s the Aladdin Hotel implosion. The commentary is rich.

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