Thursday, October 30, 2008

Armadillo fun

Ask and you shall receive. This one's for Mary, mostly, but I hope everybody enjoys it.

Just finished this tonight and it's in the fridge chilling for the trip to Corvallis tomorrow. Crab mousse mocked up as an armadillo.

The "bloody death puke" is remoulade sauce with chunks of shallot and cracker. Really pumps up the old appetite, huh?

Dorsal view:


Photos courtesy of MJ. Thanks, baby!

We have our costumes ready and we're (mostly) packed. Hitting the road early tomorrow. Ok, "early" in Maier terms. Grin! Hope we don't shake up Mr. 'dilla too much on the drive.

If you're interested, here's my crab mousse recipe:


Ingredient list:
1-1/2 envelopes gelatin (plain)
Celery – coupla stalks (chopped fine)
Onion – about a cup (chopped fine)
Shallots – 1 bunch or about a cup (chopped fine)
Garlic - several toes (chopped fine) (more is good)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese (substitute generic brand at your own risk)
1 tsp. horseradish (I like to use wasabi) (more is good)
1 tsp red pepper (more is good)
salt and white pepper to taste
16 oz. crab meat (substitute krab or similar at your own risk)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellman's. Please don't use MiracleWhip et al.)
1/2 cup creole (stone ground) mustard

Chop all veggies fine. Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup of water in a mixing bowl of a size sufficient to contain all ingredients. (If you have crab water, either from cooking or because you used canned crab, use that.) In a saucepan, melt cheese and soup together. Mix everything together. Chill, preferably in a whimsical (crab-shaped would be excellent!) mold. When doubled, this recipe fits pretty well into a bundt pan.

Serve on a pretty platter with some green garnishes and a variety of crackers. Complement it with a nice white wine, for example, Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne (a delightful white Burgundy).


  1. what a piece of art! Have a blast!! :) I'll be thinking of you guys!!

  2. that's crazy awesome! have a blast this weekend!!!

  3. Ooh, thank you! I was just coming over here to ask you for the recipe! Willow and I LOVED it. Which is crazy because normally Willow will have nothing to do with anything that has crunchy green bits in it. However, reading the recipe and seeing that it has cream of mushroom soup in it, I am realizing that it is why I woke up feeling like I have a hangover. MSG. (But if you didn't use the mushroom soup with the msg, no matter, I'll just blame it on the drambuie and reese's.)

    Jake's response: "Cool!" He's feeling especially sorry now that he wasn't able to come last night.