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Wayne's Award-Winning Maryland Crab Soup

Recipe from: Paula Deen
Servings: About 8 quarts

I've often spoken of all the interesting and wonderful people who cross my path. Well, Wayne Brokke is one of those people. Wayne had seen me on QVC several times, and when the opportunity arose for a trip to Savannah, he made a special point of coming in to meet me. We had a great time getting to know each other. Wayne is the owner of Wayne's Bar-B-Que in Baltimore, where he also does cooking segments for a local television station. When I mentioned to Wayne that I was writing another cookbook, he graciously offered to share a few of his recipes. They are Wayne's Cranberry Sauce, and the following recipe, which is a five-time winner of the Maryland Old Bay Soupstakes Critics and People's Choice Award. Thanks, Wayne, and continued good luck to you!

4 quarts water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
6 soup crabs, or three small live crabs, cleaned and rinsed
3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, or more to taste
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 bay leaves
1½ cup sliced carrots
1½ cup chopped celery
1½ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1½ cup green beans, fresh or frozen
1½ cup lima beans, fresh or frozen
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups cubed red potatoes, skins on
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked free of any broken shells
1 pound claw crabmeat, picked free of any broken shells
salt and pepper

Bring the water to a boil in a stockpot, then add the chicken and beef bouillon granules and stir until dissolved. Cut the whole crabs in half, add them to the pot, and bring to a second boil. Skim any excess froth created by the crab parts. Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, sugar, Tobasco, and bay leaves, and stir to combine. Add the carrots, celery, corn, green beans, lima beans, cabbage, and onion, bring to a low boil, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook until tender. Add the crabmeat and cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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