Eggs A La Nouvelle Orleans

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 8
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1 pound butter
1 1/2 pounds crab meat
-----brandy cream sauce-----
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups flour
5 cups hot milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 ounces brandy
16 large eggs
3 quarts water
3 cups white vinegar

Preparation / Directions:

Authentic? I sure as heck can't say. Fattening--you bet! Good? More'n likely. How could it help but be with a brandy cream sauce and crabmeat. Melt the butter in a sauté pan or skillet over low heat. Add the crab meat and cook slowly, stirring very gently, just until hot, about 5 to 8 minutes. To prepare the brandy cream sauce, melt the butter over low heat in a sauce pan. Stir in the flour gradually, cook for about 3 minutes, then gradually pour in the milk, continue stirring. Cook over low beat until the sauce thickens, then add the salt, pepper and brandy. Continue to cook about 5 minutes or until the sauce is medium thick. To poach the eggs, bring the water and the vinegar to a boil in a large skillet or sauté pan. Keeping the water at a continuous low rolling boil, crack the eggs one by one into it. Cook until the egg whites are firm, about 4 minutes. Lift the poached eggs out of the water with a skimmer or slotted spoon, allowing the water to drain back into the pan. Place them on a heated platter while you assemble the dishes. Place 3 ounces of crab meat on each of 8 heated plates, then place 2 poached eggs side by side on the crab meat. Ladle sauce evenly over the portion

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