This is my totally late entry to the Lasang Pinoy 15 Blogging Event: Recycled, Reloaded hosted by Mike over at Lafang. I have had the photos since last weekend but have been swamped at the office (who says I am retired???)â€¦ After the humongous platters of chili crabs that we enjoyed last weekend, we just couldnâ€™t finish all of the 7-8 kilos of crab and I was wondering what to do with the leftovers. I was worried that if I recycled the crab meat with the chili sauce, it would be an overpowering addition to almost anythingâ€¦but I was craving a crab torta, omelet or frittata the following morning so I decided to experiment. The crab meat from several leftover portions of crab reached a cup or more after peelingâ€¦.
I heated up a pan, added some butter, sautÃ©ed some chopped onions, tomatoes, the crab, salt and pepper and some chopped Italian parsley. Once mixed and warmed through, I removed this mixture to a bowl and wiped the pan clean with a paper towel. In a small bowl, I cracked 7 large eggs and lightly scrambled them. Put the pan back on the fire, added some butter, the eggs, the crab mixture and stirred gently to distribute the crab evenly within the egg mixture. After a few mintues of cooking over medium heat, I did a â€œhigh wireâ€ flip of the torta or frittata by placing a plate over the pan and turning it over then slipping it back onto the pan (if you donâ€™t like this maneouver, you can just make this in an ovenproof pan and stick it in a hot oven instead).
The crab torta turned out perfect. Nice crab flavor and a hint of tomato and chilli but not too spicy at all. It was semi-moist and a great dish for breakfast or brunch. I like to eat my torta (crab or meat) with ketchup and rice, but I also served it with a side salad of recycled fruits from the fridge for those with more western tastes among the guests that weekend. With two slices of wheat toast, this also paired very well. For the fruit salad, I removed several of the leftover fruits, chopped them up and squeezed half an orange over the pieces and added some mint leaves. Definitely a good way to â€œrecycle or reloadâ€ chili crabsâ€¦