For the Adventurous Eater, Crab Butter is the Best Bread Accompaniment

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Aug 14, 2015
References: barcrudo & foodrepublic
Bar Crudo in San Francisco is serving up an unusual delicacy: crab butter.

The name is misleading -- crab butter, also known as crab fat or tomalley, is technically the roe and innards of the crab. And just as the Native Americans use the whole buffalo, the world's best chefs know that a shellfish is more than just its meat. At Bar Crudo, "crab butter" is served in the top shell of the crab as a centerpiece to the Crudo seafood platter. Because it's fatty and creamy like cow's butter, crab butter is the perfect accompaniment to sourdough bread or baguette. In Vietnam, the delicacy is used to make a kind of bread pudding: bread is torn apart, soaked in crab butter, then covered in spices and baked.