Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crab Salad in Wonton Cups

For this week's FNCCC the chef is Ellie Krieger. She had quite a lot of tasty looking recipes but I finally settled on Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups because I needed something to take along to a NAWC potluck and I had wonton wrappers in the freezer.

Crab Salad in Wonton Cups

Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups
Courtesy Ellie Krieger

For the Wonton Cups:
Cooking spray (Didn't use this, you're already oiling the wrappers, I don't think you need to oil the pans too)
18 wonton wrappers, thawed (if frozen)
2 teaspoons canola oil (I used sunflower oil)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I used my salt grinder and just ground a bit of Real Salt on each)

For the dressing:
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I just used all the juice from the one lime that I zested. I figure it was close enough!)
1/4 teaspoons salt (Just ground in salt to taste)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper (You'll be happier if you use freshly ground pepper)
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the salad:
1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over (Since I'm not a gazillionare I used surimi sticks (aka "krab") and it worked brilliantly)
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1/2 cup finely diced mango
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (regular old green onions)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 2 mini-muffin (I used regularly sized ones and skipped the cooking spray) tins with cooking spray.

Brush the wonton wrappers with oil, and place each wrapper into a section of a mini-muffin tin. Gently press each wrapper into the tin and arrange so that it forms a cup shape. The wrapper will overlap itself and stick up out of the cup. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until browned and crisp. Remove from the tin and allow wrappers to cool.

Meanwhile whisk together the zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes. Add the oil and whisk until well combined.

In a medium bowl, toss together the crabmeat, celery, mango, scallion and cilantro. Add dressing and toss to combine. Fill each cup with the crab salad and serve.

The Verdict:I used two wonton wrappers for each since I used a full size muffin pan. Lay one down straight and another on top at a 45 degree angle and press them into the tin. I had a lot of salad leftover after I was done filling the wrappers AND I did full sized cups so more filling would fit in them. Also, these were good on the first day, but I think making the salad a day in advance would make them even better! They got rave reviews at the potluck. The only thing I didn't like about this was cutting up the mango. Stupid mango pits.


Mrs4444 said...

Okay, I'll be honest and tell you I'm not going to make these (too lazy) but I do want to know what kind of camera you have, please. Thanks.

Wizardress said...

These look delissshhh

4 Lettre Words said...

Yum...I love all-things-crab so these sound devine! It's a bonus that they're so pretty.

Sonya said...

Wow! you make the coolest stuff..lol I still need to find me some wonton wrappers here.

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Wow great job with the challenge this week, and what a beautiful shot.

ps: I hate cutting mango also!

Gina said...

those look delicious! I hate cutting mango too.

brainella said...

Love crab salad, though I am not a mango person. Sounds great. You are much more ambitious than I am. :)

Yankee Girl said...

This might be the best recipe I have seen all week. I'm printing it out and making them for my work potluck next week!

Stopping by from SITS!

Sarah said...

Great presentation! I'm not sure I would like the crab and mango together but they sure look great. I would try one but may not make them :)

The First-Year Wife said...

This looks delicious! I wish my husband didn't hate creamy salads so much...

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

MMMMmmmm!!!! Those look so yummy! Can't wait to try them out. Thanks for the idea.

Just doing a little blog surfing via SITS and stopped to check you out today. I'll be back soon. I'm digging what I see.

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?

Unknown Mami said...

Seriously, that looks like a little piece of heaven on a wonton.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thanks for stopping by! You are going to love the chicken salad!

Sarah Kay said...

Oh my word, those look delicious! Gonna have to try them out!

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