When I first came to Ballymaloe my father-in-law always prepared the dressed crab for dinner. This is his recipe and very delicious it is too.
Scrub the crab shells, mix all the ingredients except the buttered crumbs together, taste carefully and correct the seasoning. Fill into the shells and sprinkle the tops with the buttered crumbs. (The dish may be prepared ahead to this point and refrigerated for 1–2 days or frozen.)
Bake in a moderate oven, 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, until heated through and brown on top (approximately 15–20 minutes). Flash under the grill if necessary to crisp the crumbs.
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