Monday, April 21, 2014

Crab Salad Stuffed Avocados

Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

Have you ever had something at a restaurant that was so tasty you just knew you'd have to one day try and recreate it on your own? That's what this Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado recipe is all about for me.

Last summer we visited downtown Chicago with two of my husband's brothers and their wives (he's one of 8 children) and we spent the day walking around the city, seeing the sites. One of the highlights of our day (other than the food) was the Chicago river boat tour, which I highly recommend if you're ever in the city. It's a totally different look at Chicago from down on the river. The stories, architecture and history of Chicago is completely incredible! We had such a great time...and then it poured! LOL


Mark, Me, Carole, John, Dawn and Mike.

But, getting back to my recipe and the story behind it...We stopped for lunch that day at the Park Grill Restaurant in Millennium Park. I wanted to eat something light as we'd be walking around the city all day...and it was hot, hot, hot out so I chose their crab stuffed avocado, cold gazpacho soup and a Bloody Mary (maybe two). Needless to say, they've both (the salad and the soup) stuck in my head all this time. Many months later, I've finally gotten around to recreating the Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado, and in the summer when the garden tomatoes are ripe, I'll do my best to recreate the gazpacho soup.

Truth be told? I think my Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado far surpasses Park Grill's dish, and to me it's even prettier. This salad is a little on the pricey side, however, so you might want to save it for a special occasion or when you really want to impress. It will definitely do the trick, and will be remembered long after its eaten.

Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

CRAB SALAD STUFFED AVOCADOS  {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Makes: 8 avocado halves     Prep Time: 10 minutes

4 ripe avocados
1 container (8 oz) jumbo lump crab meat (found by the fresh fish area of the market)
1 container (8 oz) special crab meat (found by the fresh fish area of the market)
1 large shallot, finely minced
1/2 cup finely minced red bell pepper
2 ribs celery, finely minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided (from 2 large limes)
1/4 teaspoon Chesapeake Bay seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon salt (plus additional to season the avocado)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (plus additional to season the avocado)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup mayonnaise
butter lettuce leaves to garnish the plate, if desired

-Slice the avocados in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the pit and the skin. *Note - You can remove the skin easily by slipping your thumb between the flesh and the skin, then carefully running it around the entire half until it pops out.
-Cut a small slice off the bottom of the avocado halves so they sit straight on the plate, and then brush 1 tablespoon lime juice over top to prevent browning. Season each half with a pinch of salt and pepper.
-In a medium bowl, stir together the crab meat, shallot, red pepper, celery, parsley, 1 tablespoon lime juice, seafood seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and mayonnaise. Stir well but gently to combine.
-Place an avocado half (or two) on a plate and then scoop (I used an ice cream scoop) some crab salad onto the avocado.
-Chill until ready to serve.



Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

As I mentioned earlier, this dish goes extremely well with a Bloody Mary (or two). Cheers to that!

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I hope you've enjoyed this recipe and will come back often. If you're a fan of seafood recipes, I've got you covered with these others...Muffin Tin Baked Crab Cakes, Midwestern Clam and Shrimp Chowder, Beer Batter Fish Tacos and Friday Night Fish Fry.

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Until we eat again,

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Renee

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