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Avocado with Crab

 
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Avocado crab salad served in avocado halfs. Makes an awesome presentation.

Yield

8

servings

Prep

30

min

Cook

0

min

Ready

30

min

Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
 

Ingredients

4 each avocados
ripe
15 ounces crab meat
canned or 1 pound fresh
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 worcestershire sauce
*
½ cup celery
finely minced
1 x salt
to taste if needed
*
1 pinch white pepper
*
2 red hot pepper sauce
red pepper sauce, tabasco or a pinch of cayenne pepper
*
1 head iceberg lettuce
*
2 each lemons

Directions

  1. Split the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pits. With a melon-ball cutter, gently enlarge the cavity toward the stem end.

  2. With a fork, mash the avocado pulp which was removed.

  3. Mix the pulp with 4 tablespoons of the mayonnaise, salt if needed, pepper and cayenne or Tabasco. Gently fold in the crab meat and the celery.

  4. Divide the crab mixture among the eight avocado halves.

  5. Mix the Worcestershire sauce with the remaining 4 tablespoons mayonnaise. With a pastry bag or a cone made from wax paper, pipe approximately ½ tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on each filled avocado half.

  6. Remove the outside leaves of the iceberg lettuce. Arrange the leaves on a serving platter. Cut the inside part of the lettuce into very thin strips and make 8 small nests on the leaves lining the serving platter. Place an avocado half on each nest.

  7. Cut each lemon in quarters and garnish the serving platter with the slices of lemon.

Serve. If desired, offer additional mayonnaise separately.

CHEF'S SECRET: When you buy avocados, they should not be soft but, if pressed gently, should give about the same resist-ance as an orange.

Once at home, pack each avocado in a brown paper bag and leave them at room temperature overnight. Of course, chill before serving.

If you use canned crab meat, it is advisable to pick it over. Sometimes you may find a small piece of the shell. Definitely taste it for saltiness. Certain brands improve with a quick rinsing with water.

If you have to rinse it, don't do it under the faucet. Place the meat in a sieve and dip the sieve in a small amount of water. Loosen the meat with one finger, then remove the sieve from the water and shake the meat dry. The flavor will not be destroyed, but the saltiness of the canning liquid will be gone.

Enlarging the cavity of the avocados with a melon-ball cutter has two purposes; you have the subtle taste of the pulp in the crab mixture, and it is easier to arrange the filling without making it messy.

Definitely peel the celery stalks for this dish with a potato peeler so that no strings get into the salad. The celery is needed for its crunchy texture to counterbalance the softness of the avocado and mayonnaise and the fleshy chewiness of the crab meat. If you do not care for the taste of celery, you can substitute peeled, seeded, finely chopped cucumber.

Makes 8 servings.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 172g (6.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 25171% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 30%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 37%
Calcium 5% Iron 5%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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