Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

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Venetian crab sandwich

Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

After the 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 we still talk about those sandwiches. Not because we were disappointed. On the contrary, they were the best doggone sandwiches we ever ate, in particular, the ones stuffed with crab meat!

 

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. The recipe is translated from Italian and the crab filling is spot on, even if the bread is not.

 

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.

 

Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio recipe

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:

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

 

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Venetian crab sandwich

5 from 5 votes
Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 triangles
Author: Jas
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
Instructions
  1. Drain the crabmeat and lightly squeeze with paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a medium bowl combine the first 14 ingredients.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches by spreading four slices of bread with the crab mixture. Cover with spinach leaves, tomato, and egg slices. 
  3. Spread the other four slices of bread with a thin layer of mayo and place over the slices with crab mixture. Press bread edges to seal.

  4. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Cut the sandwiches into triangles and serve.

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34 Comment

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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 🙂

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

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

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    April 15, 2018 at 7:14 am

    OMG, Jas! I started laughing at your story (Big Ass Map hahaha!). These look super tasty, the ones from actual Venice look huge…I wouldn’t mind eating the prosciutto either 😉 Yours look great, I am trying to get my little guys to eat more seafood so maybe they would try this as it’s not intimidating. Thanks!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Oh, we used and loved our BAM a lot 😀
      They have special bread just for those sandwiches. The slices are huge, crustless, soft, and super pliable. Wish we had it here. Have a great week!

  10. Reply
    Shirley Wood
    April 18, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Those sandwiches look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 18, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Thanks so much, Shirley! 🙂

  11. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    April 18, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Thank goodness for BAMs, am I right?! I love misadventure-inspired food—these look as though they were a transcendental experience! I can’t wait to try out your version: I’m going to make them for my sister on our next “girls’ night IN”. 🙂 #brillblogposts

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Yes, without our BAM we would’ve been lost as our GPS didn’t work in every country we visited. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in, Michelle! I hope you and your sister will like this yummy recipe. XO

  12. Reply
    SarahsLifestyleDiary
    April 19, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Major crab fan here:) and lobster hehe

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Then you would love these sandwiches. Preceded by this lobster bisque 😉 Thanks, Sarah!

  13. Reply
    Amy
    April 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I love your little story. And oh my, these crab sandwiches sound divine. I can totally relate to the GPS. I hate it when it tells me that I have arrived at my destination, even though I know that I haven’t! But I have to admit that it still amazes me how wonderful it is to have a GPS at all. I grew up on a farm in Idaho and never needed a map since I knew where all of the places that I went were, thus I never learned how to read a map. I cannot tell you how many times I have been lost since I moved away from that little farm in Idaho. Anyway back to the sandwiches. I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make link party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Amy! I didn’t need a map where I grew up but quickly learned how to use them when I moved to Germany. They helped me tremendously when I moved here too and I love them, although I prefer hands-free GPS, lol.

  14. Reply
    Leslie Clingan
    April 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Truly lovely photos, and your sandwich look equally amazing. Bought some imitation crab this week in hopes of finding a good seafood salad recipe. I think I just did.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you, much! I hope you like this recipe as much as we did. 🙂

  15. Reply
    Teresa
    April 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    What an exciting trip! Crab happens to be a favorite of mine and these sound luscious! Thank you for sharing the recipe on Party in Your PJ’s.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      It really was, wish I could go back soon. Thank you, Teresa!

  16. Reply
    April J Harris
    April 23, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Venice is one of my favourite places in the whole world, Jas! No wonder you still talk about those sandwiches! Your version looks amazing. Scheduled to pin and share. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 24, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Thank you, dear April! I wish to go back in the near future. Europe has so much history and I’m always homesick. Have a wonderful week!

  17. Reply
    frugal hausfrau
    April 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Those are some surprising and bold ingredients! I’m a sucker for anything horseradish! Thanks for sharing you story and your food at FF!!

    Mollie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 24, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Yes, they are Mollie, but that’s what makes this dish so special. I’d add even more horseradish but my husband is not a fan. Silly man. LOL

  18. Reply
    Miz Helen
    April 24, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 26, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

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