3 long cucumbers
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup crab meat, excess water removed
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or tapito)
1 tsp brown mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs minced green onion
Garnish with chili powder or paprika if desired
Remove the peel from the cucumbers using a vegetable peeler. Cut the cucumber into 2 inch slices. Using a small melon baller, scoop out most of the inside. You want to leave the walls and a thick portion of the bottom intact.
In a bowl, combine the sour cream and the cream cheese with a fork until well combined. add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Fill each of the cucumber cups with the crab dip. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve within 2 hours of making.
This looks delicious – I have my list printed to pick up the ingredients from the market this week.
Rich, nutty avocado is a great carrier of flavors, like the fresh herbs and cooling cucumber that star in these fresh rice-paper rolls. The savory dipping sauce features tart, sweet and salty ingredients that mimic an exotic salad dressing—fitting, as these rolls are like a salad that is eaten out of hand.
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 2 Tbs. rice bran or canola oil
- 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 Haas avocados
- 20 rice paper rounds, 6 or 8 inches in diameter
- 10 green lettuce leaves
- Leaves from 1 bunch fresh basil
- Leaves from 1 bunch fresh mint
- 2 carrots, coarsely shredded
- 1/2 English cucumber, cut into thin strips
In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, soy sauce and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves; set aside.
Halve, pit and peel the avocados, and then cut them into 1/2-inch dice.
Place a wide, shallow bowl of warm water on a work surface. Lay a clean kitchen towel next to the bowl. Dip 1 rice paper round into the water for a few seconds to soften, then lay it flat on the towel. Dip a second round into the water and lay it directly on top of the first one. Using another towel, pat the top of the rice paper dry.
Center a lettuce leaf on top of the stacked rice papers. Starting about one-third in from the edge closest to you, arrange a few of the basil and mint leaves in a line across the lettuce. Top with a small row each of the carrot, cucumber and avocado; be careful not to overstuff the roll. Lift the bottom edge of the rice paper up and over the filling and then roll once to form a tight cylinder. Fold in the sides of the rice paper and continue to roll the paper and filling into a tight cylinder. Set aside, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining rice paper and filling ingredients to make 10 rolls.
Cut each roll in half crosswise and arrange, cut side up, on a platter. Place the sauce alongside for dipping and serve immediately. Makes 20 rolls; serves 8 to 10.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers, by Amy Sherman (Oxmoor House, 2008).
Often I find myself planning complete vacations – knowing my funds wouldn’t be able to make this possible (for now…but a girl can dream) So I plan… for that day to come where I can open my travel notebook – pick a destination – and go!
I’ll share a little trip with you…
Traveling the Pacific Coast Highway. Convertible car with the top down.
Start in San Diego … travel up county highway S21 … connecting with S coastal highway 101 /Carlsbad Blvd. around Solano Beach – Laguna Beach – Crystal Cove State Park
Keep on the PCH / Highway 1
Though a bit confusing through Los Angeles into Santa Monica – attempt to stay as coastal as roadways will allow.
Then onward up the coast stopping along the way where ever we wish…for photos, food, sights….
Enjoy some time in Santa Cruz, San Francisco
All the way up to Crescent City.
It would take about 18 hours – not including any stops….