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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.

Chunky-Style Guacamole

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Crab Rangoon Souffle

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I love Crab Rangoons. What better way then to put those flavors into a light and fluffy souffle. This recipe came to me as I was remembering a dear friend of mine, Ellyn. Ellyn and I worked together many years ago. She loved crab, so to pay homage to her, and our longtime friendship I came up with a twist on crab rangoons. This is my Crab Rangoon Souffle. Thanks for all the great memories.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Souffle Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 8 cup souffle dish, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, food processor,  large mixing bowl, medium-size mixing bowl, 3-quart saucepan, 6-quart saucepan, large whisk, oven thermometer

Ingredients:
1 pound of crab meat, jumbo lump
6 tablespoons of butter, unsalted, 3 tablespoons for greasing the dish
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly ground (using a food processor)
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 cup of scalded milk
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
a pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
4 extra-large egg yolks, room temperature
5 extra-large egg whites, room temperature
5 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
4 tablespoons of fresh chives, finely minced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.

Prepare the souffle dish with butter and grated Parmesan cheese, making sure the entire inside surface is coated with both, shake off any excess.

Prepare the lump crab by checking for any shells. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Pat dry the lump crab with another piece of paper towel making sure the crab is completely dry of any moisture before transferring to a medium-size mixing bowl.

In a small saucepan, add milk and bring up to temperature over medium heat. Once the milk reaches the scalding point turn off the heat. 

In a saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add all-purpose flour whisking constantly for about a minute forming a *roux. Once the mixture has formed a thick, blonde color (refer to picture above) remove the pan from the heat. Add the freshly grated nutmeg, cayenne pepper, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine.

Return the pan back on the heat, add the *scalded milk whisking continuously. Turn the heat up to medium, when the sauce just starts to boil, the sauce is at its thickest consistency. Test by placing a wooden spoon into the mixture and when you pull the spoon out and swipe your finger down the back of the spoon, if the sauce on the spoon remains separated, it’s ready. Turn off the heat.

Transfer the pot onto a cutting board, while the mixture is still hot vigorously whisk in the egg yolks one at a time until all are incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula, add the room temperature cream cheese, by gently smashing up the cream cheese, and mixing, until it’s incorporated throughout. After mixing, if there are a few bigger pieces that’s fine.

Next, add the jumbo lump crab and stir through.

Immediately before placing a souffle into the oven, adjust the temperature to 375-degrees F.

Place the egg whites into a large clean/dry mixing bowl. Add cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt. Using a large whisk, beat the egg whites until they form firm shiny peaks. This will take a few minutes. You could do this in an electric mixer. Gently stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the prepared souffle mixture. The mixture will look slightly lighter. Very gently, fold in the rest of the whites. Pour the completed mixture into the prepared souffle dish. Without peeking, bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until puffy and golden brown.

I like to serve my Crab Rangoon Souffle with a simple salad of mixed greens, lightly dressed with my Lemon Vinaigrette, and topped with shavings of Parmesan cheese.

*Scalded Milk is milk heated to a near boil. Small bubbles will appear around the inner rim of the pot.
*Roux is a mixture of fat (especially butter) and flour used in making sauces.

Balsamic, Cilantro-Lime, And Lemon Vinaigrette

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