Fried Soft-Shell Crabs Benedict Recipe

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Normally we'd never endorse Hollandaise-in-a-packet, but you're finding soft-shell crabs for brunch, setting up a dredge station, frying and draining the things and poaching eggs. If we asked you to make real Hollandaise (read: we're asking you to make real Hollandaise) it might be a little much for a Saturday morning. The packet hack subbing milk for butter also cuts down on fat, which is nice because soft-shell crabs shouldn't be eaten any other way than fried.

Reprinted with permission from Southern Living: The Way To Fry

Fried Soft-Shell Crabs Benedict Recipe
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  • vegetable oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 7 large eggs
  • 6 soft-shell crabs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 6 (3/4-inch-thick) French bread loaf slices
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (0.9-ounce) envelope hollandaise sauce mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360° F. Whisk together evaporated milk, 1 egg and 1/4 cup water in a large bowl.
  2. Rinse crabs, pat dry and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Dredge crabs in flour; dip in evaporated milk mixture, and dredge in flour again. Fry crabs, in 2 batches, in hot oil 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Keep warm.
  3. Preheat oven to 375° F. Brush 1 side of each bread slice with butter. Bake bread slices, buttered sides up, 5 minutes or until toasted.
  4. Prepare hollandaise sauce mix according to package directions, omitting butter and using 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  5. Pour water to depth of 2 inches into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and maintain at a light simmer. Add vinegar. Break remaining 6 eggs and slip into water, 1 at a time, as close as possible to surface. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Remove with a slotted spoon. Trim edges, if desired.
  6. Top bread slices with arugula, fried crabs, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with chives and salt and pepper to taste.
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