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Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole

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I’m using chives, from My Hanging Herb Garden, for both my Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole. Above I’ve shown a few different ways you might like to serve these recipes. Whether serving them with crispy pita chips, warm tortilla chips, or mini tacos, will impress family and friends.

My sister Tina is now taking all my photos and future videos for my blog, I’m so excited!!!

Jumbo Lump Crab is so versatile. It starts out as a “blank slate” to which you can add any ingredients you like. The options are endless. I’m going to share my two favorite ways to enjoy crab.

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Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields: 6 mini tacos
Yields: 6 tostadas
Equipment: large mixing bowl, elevated oven-proof wire rack, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, rubber spatula, chef’s knife, round cookie-cutter

Ingredients For Crab Mini Tacos:
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup of red onion, finely minced
1/4 cup Fresno Chili, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely minced
2 tablespoon of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 package of round wonton wrappers

Note: If wonton wrappers are square, use a round cookie-cutter to form circles.

Ingredients For Guacamole:
4 avocados, pitted and diced
1/4 cup of red onion finely diced
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup of crab mixture for topping
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions For Jumbo Lump Crab Guacamole:
Half and pit all 4 avocados transfer into a large mixing bowl. Add the diced red onion, fresh lime juice, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper Using a fork mash the avocados. Do not mash until completely smooth, allow some chunky pieces to remain for texture, mix to combine. Add the jumbo lump crab mixture on top.

Directions For Mini Crab Tacos:
Place the lump crab meat into a bowl. Next add chives, finely minced red onion, minced Fresno chili, cilantro, lime juice, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Gently toss all the ingredients together.

Directions For Wonton Taco Shells:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Place an elevated oven-proof rack on a rimmed baking sheet pan. Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray. Place the round wonton wrappers over the wire rack (as seen in pictures above, you will have to fold the wrapper over two of the racks) to form a taco shell. Spray the wonton wrappers with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the wonton wrappers from the oven and let cool slightly. Gently remove shells from the rack, then carefully spoon in the crab filling. There you have it my Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole.

Note: Place 1 teaspoon of guacamole on the bottom of the plate to use as “food glue”. This will enable the tacos to stand up-right on the plate. Serve three for an appetizer.

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Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts

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This holiday I’m making brunch for some friends. They’re going to be making the turkey, ham, and all the sides. I thought it is a nice gesture to bring them a couple of my special brunch items. I’m also going to bring my stuffing muffins and frittata muffins.

Most of the time, people are always dropping by throughout the day.  I thought it would be really nice if there were food there that could be served at room temperature.

First, my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with Strawberry Honey Jam and Walnuts.

Second, are my Stuffing Muffins, filled with my sweet Italian Sausage, golden raisins, celery, onions, and fresh sage.

Finally, are my Mini Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Truffle Fontina Cheese Frittatas.

For this post, I’m going to share my recipe for my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts. The other two recipes will follow soon.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes or until golden brown
Total Time: 20 minutes
Equipment: a rimmed baking sheet pan, pastry brush

Ingredients:
1 sheet of cold Puff pastry, thawed
1 (13-ounce) (5 inches in diameter) Brie cheese wheel
3 tablespoons of strawberry honey jam ( or fig jam)
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
*egg wash
2 tablespoons of apricot jelly or jam
1 tablespoon of very hot water
5 inches of kitchen twine
Sanding sugar

Note: Remove the puff pastry, the night before, from the freezer, and transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw. The dough needs to be cold.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
On your board, lay out one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the sheet out until it’s 1/8 inch in thickness. You want to make sure it’s large enough to cover the wheel of Brie and come together to be tied at the top. Refer to the pictures above. Transfer the pastry carefully to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Lay the wheel in the center of the rectangle-shaped pastry. Using a spoon, add the jam over the top of the cheese and spread to cover the entire top of the wheel. Next, sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.

Bring each of the sides up to the top collecting them to come together at the top center so it can be tied up like a package. Using the kitchen twine, tie the overlapping pastry at the top together. Using your fingers spread the pastry out where it meets together at the top for presentation. Trim the twine as close as possible so as not to see the string.

Brush the entire pastry package with *egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

In a small bowl, whisk together the apricot jelly and hot water together until there are no lumps. Once the pastry is out of the oven, brush the apricot glaze all over the outside of the pastry. Liberally sprinkle sanding sugar all over. Carefully cut the twine.

Needs to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into. Serve my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with your favorite crackers.

Italian Sausage, Asparagus, And Fontina Cheese Frittata Muffins

Stuffing Muffins

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

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The Heirloom Tomato goes back generations. When in season, you’ll see them in a variety of colors as well as being multi-colored. Unique because they are beautifully misshapen. If that wasn’t enough, they now come in cherry size! I love to present the tomatoes in different ways, for example; I’ll cut a few into wedges, the cherry tomatoes I’ll leave whole.

Bocconcini are small mozzarella balls. I love the creaminess they add to the Heirloom Tomato Salad. To finish, add fresh basil leaves and finely chopped tarragon.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: chef’s knife, large mixing bowl, large serving platter, 1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid

Ingredients:
4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 pints of heirloom cherry tomatoes, whole
6 to 8 whole basil leaves
3 tablespoons of tarragon leaves, finely chopped
1 tub (18 to 20 ct) of Bocconcini, drained, dried, and seasoned

1/4 cup of *E.V.O.O.
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Marinated Bocconcini:
1 tub (18 to 20 ct.)  Bocconcini drained and dried
2 tablespoons of *E.V.O.O.
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the Bocconcini seasoning. Place the drained, and really well dried, Bocconcini into the seasoning mixture, toss to combine.  In a large mixing bowl add the tomato wedges, cherry tomatoes, and seasoned Bocconcini. Add the Kosher salt, black pepper, and chopped tarragon leaves. Gently toss the tomatoes and Bocconcini together. To finish, place whole basil leaves throughout.

In a jelly jar, whisk together the *E.V.O.O. and red wine vinegar. Shake well before pouring the dressing over the entire salad.

*E.V.O.O. is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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