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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Smoked Crab Salad Crostini

Here's a quick and easy appetizer that you can prep in 10 minutes, cook in 10 and be the star of the party with this one!

You can jam just about anything on a small slice of bread and look good. Let's take it a new, exotic level with some crab! The basic ingredients are a loaf of bread or a baguette and some imitation crab meat. I know - imitation crab meat is tasteless and gross. It is more like a blank slate with some texture that you can make taste like anything you want.

I made this two ways with the only difference is swapping the mayo with sour cream. The ingredient list I used in this recipe was going for fresh and spicy. I used a rustic Parmesan loaf but a baguette would be just as good. The fresh green onions and Roma tomatoes with a few savory ingredients were a great combination - and then - I threw in the Trader Joe's 21 Gun Salute for a great hit of spice and heat.

  • Imitation Crab Meat - 1lb

  • Green Onions - 1 bunch

  • Roma Tomato - 2

  • Capers - 1 tablespoon

  • Worchestire Sauce - 1 tablespoon

  • Ground Chipotle Powder - 1 teaspoon

  • Mayo - about 2 table spoons
or swap out the mayo for sour cream.

Rough dice the crab meat and vegetables.

Fine dice the onions and then combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

The bowl on the left has mayo and the bowl on the right used sour cream. The mayo mixture was a bit darker for some reason.

Slice the bread and add a big spoon of the mix onto each slice.

I heated these up on my Traeger Pellet Smoker at 250F for about 10 minutes or until the bread is a little crisp. You can also bake these in the oven or indirect heat on a charcoal or gas grill. Don't cook this over direct heat or the bread will burn. Another ingredient that would make this snack even better is some fresh grated Parmesan or cheddar.

The great thing about this recipe is you can create just about any flavor profile because the crab meat is a blank slate. Let's eat!

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