Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

Venetian crab sandwich

 

After a tiring trip from Rome to Mestre, our GPS had us drive in circles. “Turn right” the female voice kept saying but the street was blocked off with concrete posts. “Turn right, now!” she seemed to get frustrated with us for not turning and then finally gave up: “you have arrived at your destination.” As if. Thank goodness our faithful BAM (Big A$$ Map, as we affectionately call it) showed us the way to our hotel. The unfriendly receptionist and the first ten minutes of figuring out how the light switches work, which left us feeling dim-witted**, didn’t ruin our excitement about visiting Venice.

We freshened up quickly and within minutes were sitting on a train to the islands. More importantly, I was going to meet my childhood friend whom I last saw some 35 years ago and who graciously offered to be our tour guide. She and her Italian husband drove from Trieste just to spend an afternoon with us. I have the best friends in the whole world! We had lots to see and lots to catch up on in one afternoon.

Tired and hungry we arrived at the restaurant they recommended as the best in town. I was ready to eat a whole cow. The display at the counter offered only tea sandwiches. What? This is famous Venice food? Politely, we simulated enthusiasm and ordered an assortment of sandwiches. To this day, and we were there last June, we still talk about those sandwiches. Not because we were disappointed, on the contrary, they were the best dog gone sandwiches we ever ate, in particular the ones stuffed with crab meat!

This is my friend Milanka and I at that restaurant.

Milanka and I in Venice

While many associate Venice with canals and gondolas, we also muse over tramezzino al granchio – the Venetian crab sandwich. Lacking the special large, crust-less bread in the States, I did what I could to mimic the original, however, the recipe is translated from Italian and the flavor is spot on.

This is how they really look (photo borrowed from the internet).

Venetian sandwiches

**In most Italian hotels light switches, and power in general, only work when the room key is left in the door! How clever is that? You won’t leave the lights on when you leave and you won’t lock yourself out.

 

Ingredients:
Makes 8 triangles

2 (6 oz.) cans Lump Crabmeat, drained
½ cup shredded Carrots
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Ketchup
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon Onion Powder
¼ teaspoon Paprika
¼ teaspoon prepared Horseradish
½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
½ teaspoon Mustard
1 teaspoon Hot Sauce (add more if you like it spicy)
Pinch of Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
8 slices of soft white Bread, crust removed
2 hard boiled Eggs, sliced
1 cup baby Spinach
1 large Tomato, sliced

 

Directions:

Drain the crabmeat and lightly squeeze with paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a medium bowl combine the first 14 ingredients.
Assemble the sandwiches by spreading four slices of bread with the crab mixture. Cover with spinach leaves, tomato and egg slices. Spread the other four slices of bread with a thin layer of mayo and place over stuffed slices. Press bread edges to seal. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Cut the sandwiches into triangles and serve.

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Venetian crab sandwich

Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 triangles

Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

Get a taste of Italy with these soft, triangular bread pockets stuffed with crabmeat mixture seasoned to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 2 (6 oz.) cans Lump Crabmeat, drained
  • ½ cup shredded Carrots
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon prepared Horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce (add more if you like it spicy)
  • Pinch of Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 8 slices of soft white Bread, crust removed
  • 2 hard boiled Eggs, sliced
  • 1 cup baby Spinach
  • 1 large Tomato, sliced

Directions

Drain the crabmeat and lightly squeeze with paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a medium bowl combine the first 14 ingredients.

Assemble the sandwiches by spreading four slices of bread with the crab mixture. Cover with spinach leaves, tomato and egg slices. Spread the other four slices of bread with a thin layer of mayo and place over stuffed slices. Press bread edges to seal. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Cut the sandwiches into triangles and serve.

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    Baking In Pyjamas
    March 31, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Yum, this sandwich looks yummy. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 31, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Reply
    Sherry
    March 29, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I definitely will try this recipe. These looks awesome. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope you can make it again this week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Sherry, thank you much for visiting. See you soon!

  3. Reply
    joylovefood
    March 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I didn’t know that about Italian hotels and light switches, clever! And these sandwiches sound amazing! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Very clever in my opinion too 🙂

  4. Reply
    Kristina @ myownhomeblog.com
    March 26, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday! Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  5. Reply
    jacquiodell
    March 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I love crab! I will have to try these. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

      It is pretty amazing 🙂

  6. Reply
    Poppy
    March 20, 2015 at 10:34 am

    mmm this looks so yummy! And your delicious pictures make me hungry:) Thanks for the recipe! Hugs, Poppy

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks, Poppy, and thanks for stopping by! XO

  7. Reply
    Holly
    March 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for linking up with Waiting on…Wednesday @ While I’m Waiting!

    Have a great day!

  8. Reply
    Lux Ganzon
    March 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Yey for sharing the recipe. This is a must try! 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 17, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Lux!

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