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Maryland-Style Crab Soup Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound crab meat
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 potatoes, diced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- Ladle

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the diced potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, Old Bay seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add the crab meat and diced tomatoes. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Medium heat for sautéing vegetables
- Boiling for bringing broth to a boil
- Low heat for simmering
Serving size:
- 4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 18g
- Protein: 20g
- Sodium: 1200mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Crab meat can be substituted with shrimp or scallops.
- Chicken broth can be substituted with vegetable broth.

- Add corn or lima beans for a more traditional Maryland-style crab soup.
- Add hot sauce for a spicier version.

Tips and tricks:
- Use fresh crab meat for the best flavor.
- Be careful not to overcook the crab meat, as it can become tough.

Storage instructions:
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat in a pot over low heat until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve in a bowl with a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning on top.

- Fresh parsley or chives

- Serve with crusty bread or oyster crackers.

Suggested side dishes:
- Coleslaw or a side salad

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the soup is too thick, add more chicken broth.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the soup to an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure that the crab meat is cooked through.

Food history:
- Maryland-style crab soup is a traditional dish in Maryland, where blue crabs are abundant.

Flavor profiles:
- Savory, slightly sweet, and tangy

Serving suggestions:
- Serve hot as a main course.

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Taste: Savory, Tangy, Creamy, Briny, Spicy