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Crab Salad Canapes

Use yellow or red bell peppers instead of orange if you wish to vary the color. French for "string," a ficelle is a very thin baguette, usually shorter than the traditional baguette.

  • yield: Makes 12

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Ingredients

  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 baguette or ficelle, cut into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/4 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked clean
  • 1/2 celery stalk, strings removed, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 small carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-long matchsticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat a grill to hot, or turn on the broiler. Cook bell pepper until it is completely charred, turning so all sides cook evenly, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer warm pepper to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside until cool.

  2. Step 2

    Using your hands, rub off charred skin. Slice pepper in half, and remove seeds and stem. Cut pepper into diamond shapes that are slightly larger than a piece of baguette.

  3. Step 3

    Using a wooden spoon, mix together butter and two mustards in a small bowl until well combined. Spread a generous dollop of mustard butter on each slice of bread.

  4. Step 4

    Place remaining ingredients except marjoram in a medium bowl, and toss to combine. Place a pepper diamond on each piece of bread, and top with a mound of crab salad. Garnish each canape with several marjoram leaves, and serve.

Source
MSL Cookbook Vol. 1; Original Classics

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