Monday, May 10, 2010

In search of crab recipes

I have been searching for recipes for crab 'with a different twist' and so far I came across two that I find very tempting. They both call for ... banana! Crab and banana? what a twist :-)

Seriously, the hip Schwa restaurant of Chicago had on its seasonal menu: "Chunks of sweet, delicious stone crab meat and tiny slivers of celery come alongside three banana preparations: A long, dehydrated banana chip, a sweet roasted banana and a cube of brioche filled with "liquid banana”—pop it in your mouth and squeeze." according to Metromix Chicago.

In any case, the first recipe I found involves crab cakes wrapped in plantain bananas and deep fried... yum ! I haven't tried it yet, but Recipegirl sure makes it tempting with beautiful step-by-step instructions and photos for her Plantain- Wrapped Crab Cakes with Avocado Aioli

The second recipe has banana mashed-and-mixed right into the crab mix! I'll probably try this one soon as it reminds me of 'chuoi chien' a favorite dessert of mine when I was little. I would climb on a stool and watch the banana fritters dance around in the wok until they have a perfect golden tan.You can peruse Nicole's Thai banana crab cake recipe here.

There you have it, a Cuban and a Thai inspired recipe involving crabs and bananas. Do you have others you would like to share?


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