Monday, July 13, 2009

Crab & Avocado: A Nice Match



There is nothing better than fresh lump crab meat, especially fresh caught off the Maryland shores, but I only get to sample that once a year, when our friends come back from Maryland after crabbing and make the world's best crab cakes.
Nothing but crab, no fillers. Amazing.

I always keep a can of Trader Joe's crabmeat in the fridge. It stays good (the pasteurized stuff) for like 2 years.

The canned stuff is fine in a pinch for making quick weeknight crab cakes or crab salad or crab canapes.

This was a quick and easy starter for a summer dinner out on the patio.
All you have to do is make the little bread toasts and the toppings and voila!



Crab & Avocado Toasts (adapted from Food & Wine magazine)

4 oz. crabmeat (fresh lump crabmeat is best, but the stuff in the can from Trader Joe's will do)
half of a fresh lime
1 tbsp of fresh chopped mint
salt & pepper

2 ripe avocados
kosher salt

First make the crabmeat mixture. Chop your crabmeat and squeeze w/ fresh lime juice, add salt, pepper and chopped mint.

Next bowl mash your 2 avocados w/ about a tbsp of kosher salt.

Spread your avocado mash on your toasts and top with the crabmeat mixture.
Garnish with some fresh chopped mint leaves.



20 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Crab and avocado do indeed make a great pairing. Yours looks very tempting. A lovely treat any time of the year.

Lisa said...

I do love crab and avocado. What did you use for the4 toasts? They look great.

kat said...

I bet the creaminess of the avocado was perfect with the crab. Cool & refreshing

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks good Stacey. Love crabmeat. I bet those crab cakes are to die for.

Ramona

Julia said...

What a great combo! I find the tinned crab pretty good and a whole lot easier to prep.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Have you been reading my mind? I bought two gorgeous avocados, while visiting in Cambria, CA. I was thinking of hollowing the out and filling them with crab meat! I'll clink a glass of vino in your honor when we enjoy this, al fresco! Great idea!

Lori Lynn said...

That looks great. Trader Joe's is OK in a pinch as you say, wish I had the fresh stuff here!
LL

Zoe said...

Mmm, thanks for the trader joe's tip! This looks awesome

Patsyk said...

a match made in heaven! I'll have to remember to pick up the crab from TJ's next time I'm over there.

Pam said...

What a fantastic combination of flavors and textures. They look really tasty!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wish I had a patio to enjoy these on. Oh and maybe a glass of really cold Rosé.

lisa said...

Such a great combination! I'm re-living my Saturday lunch by looking at your photos. We had crab guacamole at a new taco place in town. So good.

Maria said...

Love this one!

Kerstin said...

What cute little appetizers, I love crab and avocado together!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ah, yes, if you asked my husband, he'd call crab and avocado a perfect match. This is lovely!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful! I picture you dining on gorgeous appetizers every night of the week!

doggybloggy said...

what a nice bite-

Proud Italian Cook said...

I wouldn't mind eating a couple of these out on the patio! What kind of bread/toast did you use?

Carrie said...

These sound so good! I love the flavors of crab and avocado together.

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