This blog post comes with a warning. I’m about to share a recipe for an imitation crabmeat and avocado appetizer, but I must warn you that if you bring this dish to a party your friends will want you to bring this dish EVERY TIME there is a party. I’m not kidding. Luckily, this imitation crab and avocado crostini is easy to make…and seriously delicious!
This recipe is based on a recipe for a Crab and Avocado Crostini from Brian Boitano’s show on the Food Network, but I’ve modified it to replace some hard to find ingredients, make it a little more wallet friendly (real crab meat is expensive!) and to tweak the flavors a bit.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8oz Imitation Crab Meat
- 2 Haas Avocados
- 1 Bell Pepper
- Scallions (Green Onion)
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Baguette Bread
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 Garlic Clove
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and half of an orange into a bowl. Wisk together with the olive oil and add salt and ground pepper to taste.
Into your bowl, chop up the bell pepper and scallions. I chose a green bell pepper this time (because they were on sale and the red ones were something crazy like $4/lb), but I like to use a red or orange pepper when I can because it adds a nice color to the dish.
Chop up your avocados and add them to the bowl too.
Add 8oz of imitation crab meat. Mix together so everything gets covered in the olive oil/juice mixture.
Next, slice your baguette. It’s up to you if you want to toast it. When I use a multigrain French baguette I leave it untoasted as it gets a little too dry once toasted. However, if I use a loaf of white Italian bread I will slice it, drizzle it with a little olive oil, and then toast for a couple of minutes in my toaster oven. If you go the toasted route, I highly recommend rubbing a clove of garlic on each slice of bread as soon as it comes out of the toaster oven. When the bread is hot, the garlic melts right into it and gives the crostini a nice kick. Your spouse/loved ones will also get a nice kick when they try to talk to you from the horrible garlic breath it causes (but the tastiness is sooo worth it).
Then, just spoon the crab and avocado mixture onto your sliced bread, making sure to get a little of each ingredient and the olive oil mixture on each slice.
Enjoy! I promise your friends will love this recipe!
I'm sharing this recipe at Rhoda's recipe party on Southern Hospitality.