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Crab-Avocado “Ravioli”

Crab-Avocado Salad

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post!  Where have I been?  Just busy with life.  Working on my home improvement project (making progress, but not done yet), being an advocate for my daughter’s education, hosting my parents for a visit, and planning and executing a successful garage sale.  Whew, I need a break!

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was the perfect appetizer to make during my parent’s visit.  My Dad and I both have birthdays later this month, so we had a an early birthday party.

So, this appetizer was supposed to look like little “raviolis”, with avocado in place of the pasta.  We were to use a mandoline to thinly slice the whole avocados, pit and all.  After a few successful slices, the pit got jammed in the blade and squished the rest of the avocado.  I could tell that further attempts would just make a big mess.  So I opted to just slice the avocado the traditional way, and make constructed salads.

Crab-Avocado Salad

“Raviolis” or not, this was one delicious appetizer!  The crab meat was seasoned with salt, lime zest and juice, shallot, cilantro, and pistachio oil.  The flavors went wonderfully together.  This was a big hit with everyone!

I have a couple more FFWD recipes that I have made but not blogged about yet.  I hope to catch up on those soon!

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Asparagus and Bits of Bacon (plus Crab and Grapefruit Salad)

Happy French Friday!  This is going to be short and sweet today.  Plus, it’s a double French Friday since I missed last week.  Between having a sick child, doing the taxes, getting ready for Easter, and working on a super-secret sewing project, I’ve been busy!

We’ll start off with Asparagus and Bits of Bacon, a simple and delicious side dish.  This one is so easy!  Asparagus is cooked until just tender, then tossed with walnut oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Cooked and chopped bacon is then heated briefly with finely chopped onion in some  of the bacon fat, and spooned over the asparagus.  The onion is hardly cooked; just warmed slightly.  I was a little worried about the taste of raw onion, but rinsing the chopped onion before heating took the bite away.  I really liked the taste of the barely cooked onion and bacon together!  My one complaint about this dish is that it took some coordination to get a bite that included the bacon, onion, and asparagus together, since the onion-bacon mixture did not “stick” to the asparagus.  This would make a lovely side dish for Easter.

Next up is Crab and Grapefruit Salad.  This refreshing salad combines grapefruit, crab, cucumber, red bell pepper, and green onions, and is tossed with a bit of olive oil, Tabasco, lemon juice, and fresh mint.  I topped mine off with some arugula tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  This was a delicious way to enjoy crab and made a lovely spring dinner.  I only wish the weather had been better.  This salad makes you want to eat outside on a warm, sunny evening!

For more French Friday with Dorie results, check out frenchfridayswithdorie.com!

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Infamous Crab Dip (A Christmas Memory)

Growing up, we spent Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s house.  In my Dad’s family, they always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve, so we continued that tradition.  First we would go to late afternoon church services and then we headed to Grandma’s house (which sometimes involved a song about going over the river and through the snow).

When we arrived at Grandma’s house my sister and I were allowed to open one small present each, but then we had to wait until after dinner until the real present-opening began.  When we were younger, the wait through dinner was torturous!  I’m sure we were pretty obnoxious about it.

Grandma always made the same thing for dinner: ham, scalloped potatoes, jello salad, and angel food cake for dessert.  But the thing we enjoyed the most was her “Infamous Crab Dip” that she served as an appetizer.

Grandma stopped hosting Christmas Eve about 8 years ago and none of us have had her crab dip since.  When I hosted Grandma and the rest of my family for Thanksgiving this year, I thought it would be fun to serve her crab dip.  It was a big hit and as good as we remembered!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

I was lucky to have my Dad bring a fresh piece of horseradish from his garden!

Infamous Crab Dip

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  • 1 can (6½ oz) crab meat, drained
  • 6 0z cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (grated fresh or jarred)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper sauce (like Tabasco)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Spoon into a small ovenproof baking dish.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until heated through (I find it takes a little longer…).  Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Makes about 1¼ cups.

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