Making beautiful food to impress my guests is always high on my priority list. Of course, it simply must be delicious as well.
In the last six months, my husband and I ordered food delivery, and were pleasantly surprised by an avocado crab boat that we had ordered. I knew, the moment I took a bite, that I needed to create something similar. It was a sort of Cali-Asian infusion.
When you purchase avocados, they need to be on the soft side.
Cut each avocado in half, removing the pit.
Scoop the contents out with a spoon into a bowl, careful to preserve the skin. Don’t worry, the skin isn’t too fragile. Just move carefully.
Add two tablespoons of cream cheese. (The store brand will do just fine if you are trying to save money.) It is more for creamy texture than flavor.
Now, for the most amazing results, use fresh crab meat. But, in a pinch or even to save money, canned crab works just fine and will still wow your guests. Add the crab meat to the mixture, reserving some to top each boat with (if you want.) Mix it all together.
Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Personally, I wouldn’t overdo the seasonings because the crab and avocado really shine.
Mash all ingredients together. Return the insides to the avocado boats.
Take a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon and add a scoop of crab to the top of each one. With the finely shredded crab you can really form it into a rounded shape for looks.
Garnish with red onion, and white sesame seeds.(Black will do in a pinch, but I think the white look prettier.) Drizzle sesame seed oil.
Now, you can garnish them with pieces of won ton strips that stick out of the top. I left those out because I didn’t want to add fried strips to a dish I created with healthiness in mind for my husband. I just added a couple shreds of parmesan for dimension.
Here is the recipe:
2 cans of crab meat (or fresh if desired)
2 Tbsp cream chesse
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of garlic powder
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
Finely chopped red onion
Parmesan or won ton strips for the top
Cut the avocados in half, removing pits. Scoop out the insides into a bowl. Add cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, crab meat (reserving some for the top of each.) Add the contents back into each avocado. Add a scoop of crab meat to the top of each. Add red onion, and sesame seeds. Drizzle with sesame oil. Add a couple of pieces of parmesan for looks. Place into an oven at 425 for about 10-12 minutes. Serve fresh.
Note: DO NOT MAKE THESE TOO FAR AHEWD OR TIME. THEY WILL BROWN.