Saturday, December 26, 2009

Guest Blogger: Crab Salad in Parmesan Bowls

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This was an impressive first course made for my birthday dinner by my friend Sally.

She made gorgeous bowls made of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and filled them with a beautiful fresh lump crabmeat salad.



And forget Sandra Lee's tablescapes. Sally created a special birthday table setting, complete with throne, tiara and tulips! (for the Tart Queen).



It was gorgeous!



Sally's Crabmeat Salad in Parmesan Frico Cups:

Salad: (makes enough 4 salads)

1 lb. of fresh lump crabmeat (found in the seafood section, refrigerated)
1/4 cup of sliced radishes
1/2 hot house cucumber, sliced and quartered
1 cup of quartered cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup of diced mango
1/4 cup of baby arugula leaves

Dressing:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Parmesan Frico Cups, click here for Giada's recipe.
They were gorgeous and so delicious!

Mix all salad ingredients (except arugula) and toss in a bowl , season with salt & pepper.

Add dressing just before serving and spoon into Parmesan bowls!
Add arugula leaves for garnish before dressing the salad.



Thanks Sally for a memorable birthday dinner!












12 comments:

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

Happy Birthday! Looks like an amazing celebration!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What a sweet friend to go to that fuss for you. Stacey now we both have birthday tiaras - we should wear them out together sometime.

Content in a Cottage said...

The tiara becomes you! Sally is to be congratulated for the perfect party and lovely presentation. Now SHE is Queen for a day.

Lisa said...

Very beautiful! Hope you had a great birthday!

Patsyk said...

What a gorgeous table setting, and those parmesan bowls with crab salad must have been amazing!

Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

Dana said...

I'm so glad you had a special birthday dinner. Isn't it nice to have someone cook for you for a change?

Kate said...

Sweet birthday dinner! Crab is so sweet and delectable!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I agree - much nicer than Sandra Lee's tablescapes! I'm glad that you had such a nice birthday. Sally's crabmeat salad looks perfect!

small cabin said...

Happy Birthday! The food is so delicious! Thanks for sharing this! I love cheese and oyster!

Lori Lynn said...

The salad looks great!
Love your table setting! Awesome!
LL

The Japanese Redneck said...

Fantastic looking meal. Happy birthday again!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy birthday Stacey. Wonderful meal and a gorgeous table.
Sam