Spring Pea Soup with Crab Flan

Spring Pea Soup with Crab Flan Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
This recipe was adapted from a memorable meal served by Brooke Vosika, executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Prepare the soup while the flans bake.

Yield:

4 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 195
Caloriesfromfat 19 %
Fat 4.1 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 17.8 g
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 4.8 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Iron 2.5 mg
Sodium 851 mg
Calcium 94 mg

Ingredients

Flan:
1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
Soup:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
3 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 cups shelled green peas, divided (about 2 1/2 pounds unshelled green peas)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup torn spinach
2 cups chopped tomato

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°.

To prepare flan, combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl, and stir with a whisk. Stir in crabmeat, green onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 (6-ounce) custard cups or ramekins coated with cooking spray. Place cups on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cups from baking sheet. Loosen the edges of custards with a knife or rubber spatula. Place a small plate, upside down, on top of each cup; invert onto plates. Keep warm.

To prepare soup, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in broth, 2 cups peas, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until peas are tender. Cool slightly. Place the soup and spinach in a blender, and process until smooth. Set aside and keep warm. Add 1/2 cup peas to pan, and cook, covered, 4 minutes or until just tender.

Place 1/2 cup chopped tomato into each of 4 soup bowls. Arrange 1 flan on top of the tomato, and ladle 1 cup soup around each flan. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons steamed peas.

Jim Fobel,

Cooking Light

May 2000
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