Cucumber Crab Pickled Ginger Appetizer
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Gourmet delicious appetizer, cucumber slices of fresh crab, lemon juice, shallots, olive oil, Thai chili paste, chives and pickled ginger available at Asian food markets, the flavors are great. See more of my recipes

Cucumber Crab Pickled Ginger 
          Appetizer
photograph for my website

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Prep Time: 30 min      Total Time: 30 min      Yield: 24 approx

Ingredients:

3 English cucumbers, unpeeled
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon shallots, minced
1/2 teaspoon Thai chili paste
1/2 teaspoon fresh chives, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 cup fresh lump crab meat
1/2 cup sliced pickled ginger, drained well
small fresh Italian leaf parsley for garnish
decorative toothpicks

Instruction:

Cut off ends of cucumber at a 45-degree angle, continue slicing them 1/4-inch thick at an angle making wide oval pieces.

In a small bowl combine the next 7 ingredients mixing well. Carefully add the crab being careful not to break up the whole pieces. Divide mixture among the oval slices, drape pickled ginger slices on top and add parsley. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Serve by inserting a skewer or cocktail pick through both ends of cucumbers bending them slightly resembling a boat (see my photograph).

wine Wine recommendation: Oroya; Extra-dry Champagne; or other Sparkling Wine

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