|1/2 cup • Butter - unsalted|
|4 • Garlic cloves • slivered|
|1 tbsp • minced shallot|
|1 tbsp • chopped fresh thyme|
|1 tbsp • chopped marjoram|
|1 tbsp • additional fresh herbs: lemon thyme, parsley, rosemary or lavender|
|1 bottle • Brut Champagne|
|1/4 tsp • Sea salt|
|3-4 lb • Alaska Crab legs (King, Snow or Dungeness), thawed or frozen|
|1 • small loaf of warmed crusty French or country bread, sliced|
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic and shallot; cook 3 to 4 minutes, until garlic is soft. Stir in herbs; cook 2 minutes. Open champagne; pour 1/2 cup champagne into butter; stopper champagne. Bring sauce mixture to simmer; cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until sauce is reduced slightly. Add sea salt to taste. Keep sauce warm.
Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Steam or boil crab in large pot, 8 to 10 minutes for frozen crab or 3 to 4 minutes for fresh/thawed crab, until heated-through.
Serve with dipping sauce, warm bread and chilled champagne.