Yabbies poached in chicken stock with broad beans and basil

Yabbies poached in chicken stock with broad beans and basil

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

Yabbies are freshwater crayfish found in many dams in Australia and are often thought of as pests. However, once you taste them you realise they are the most luxurious pest on the planet! They taste like a very sweet prawn and have the texture of lobster. You can choose any vegetable combination you like, but as we are in spring I’ve chosen my favourite spring vegetables.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 litre chicken stock
1kg yabbies
250g baby carrots, peeled
250g baby turnips, peeled
150g fresh peas, blanched
150g broad beans, shelled
1 quantity yabby butter
1/2 bunch basil, leaves picked

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to the boil, then poach the yabbies for 2 minutes and remove with tongs or a spoon. Peel the the yabbies, reserving the shells to make the yabby butter.
  2. Bring the chicken stock back up to a slow simmer and poach the vegetables for 3 minutes or until just tender. Taste the stock and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add half the yabby butter to enrich the stock. Simmer for 2 minutes then add the yabby and basil leaves and remove from the heat immediately. Spoon into bowls and serve with the remaining yabby butter on the side to add more if you wish.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Yabbies are brain food, literally. They boost the intake of choline and vitamin B12; choline supports the production of neurotransmitters, while vitamin B12 helps maintain myelin, a substance that supports nerve integrity. Choline also maintains the health of your cell membranes and B12 promotes red blood cell function. Peas are rich in folic acid, which assists cell creation during the early stages of pregnancy. Peas contain vitamin A for good vision, B for converting food into energy, C to boost the immune system and K to help with blood clotting.
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