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11.6.14

Crab Avocado "Ravioli" #French Fridays with Dorie

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Crab Avocado "Ravioli": simplelivingeating.com


It was not my intention to deceive you. I know the title says ravioli and there isn't a noodle to be found on this plate. It is an "abstract ravioli" in a way that only a French philosopher could appreciate... and let me tell you a real ravioli stuffed with crab and avocado would have been easier to make!

Crab Avocado "Ravioli": simplelivingeating.com

I will be keeping my post short, since I can't use the middle finger on my right hand to type due to having sliced a chunky of it off while trying to slice an avocado pit.

Yes, the recipe calls for slicing the avocado whole: skin, pit and all.. and I guess if you have a top quality mandolin, which I don't, you can accomplish this feat.

Crab Avocado "Ravioli": simplelivingeating.com

I sliced the first section of the pit and my finger, gave up and took the pit out. The problem is when the pit is removed the avocado no longer keeps it's shape.

Yes, at this point I was thinking maybe I should have made some pasta dough... crab avocado stuffed raviolis with a drizzle of olive oil might taste great.


Next time I plan on cutting the avocado in half, removing the pit, and stuffing it with the crab meat.


The combination of crab meat tossed with a shallot, lime juice and lime zest along with a little fresh cilantro and fleur de sel and pepper is delicious with avocado. I added about a teaspoon of sugar to my mixture. I found it took the fishy edge off of the crab meat and helped to blend the flavors more.

Crab Avocado "Ravioli": simplelivingeating.com

I do think that an additional squirt of lime juice on the avocado, along with more extra virgin olive, plus salt and pepper... really made all of the flavors pop.

You really don't even need to follow a specific recipe to make this appetizer... or as I had it as a light lunch. It is truly delicious.


Excuse me now while I go lick my wounds and the left over avocado and olive oil. 



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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50 comments:

  1. Oh no Diane, I hope your finger feels better soon. Your ravioli looks delicious, I just don't think slicing an avocado is something I should attempt. ;) I have scars on several of my fingers, my kid's tease me about it constantly!

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    1. Finger feels fine today, but I'm still wearing a bandage which makes typing hard. I have burn scars on the insides of my wrists from touching oven racks... people don't know the physical dangers of being a food blogger.

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  2. Diane, I hope your finger heals up quickly, this recipe looks amazing! I can't wait to try it.

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    1. Thanks Nancy,
      Finger feels fine today... thank goodness it was so delicious, worth the pain (kinda of).

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  3. Lovely - I did something like this with smoked fish - crab would be wonderful! Cheers frm Carole's Chatter

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    1. I like the idea of using smoked fish. Smoked trout would be delicious.

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  4. This looks delicious! Im a huge avocado lover. Pinning :)

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    1. I was surpised at how tasty this is... enjoy.

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  5. Very creative! I think I'm going to make me one for lunch today.

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    1. I love something like this for lunch. It feels like a treat, but yet, it's healthy.

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  6. I'm so sorry about your finger :-( I couldn't cut through the pit either. I served the leftovers in an avocado half (as you suggest) and they tasted the same and were a million times easier. I like the idea of adding a small amount of sugar.

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    1. I think I'm spacing out from allergies. I didn't use the safety holder... foolish me. Yes, avocado halves are the way to go.

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  7. Oh my, your avocado ravioli looks SUPER DELISH! Worth all the pain you suffered!

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    1. Easy for you to say... but truly it was delicious. Thanks Emily.

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  8. Well done! I have to think that those French chefs don't use perfectly ripe avocados to make this, as I don't see how they can get them to slice no matter how sharp their mandoline - but anyway. I too made a few, and then just punted and made crab-avocado tostadas with the remainder. Glad your finger is feeling better!!

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    1. If anything this is not a "make at home" recipe unless you just half the avocado.

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  9. I thought I commented already but I must be losing my mind...
    Sorry about your finger, but extra gold stars for making the attempt at the slices.

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    1. Thanks Cher,
      It is nice eating the crab in a sandwich of avocado.

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  10. The perils of being a food blogger! Ouch. I was hugely paranoid with every slice. Of the ravioli I've seen today, yours looks the most authentic :)

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    1. Thanks Liz,
      Yes, thank goodness the pictures came out good! The biggest concern of a food blogger.

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  11. Oh no! Hope your finger is healing, Diane! The idea of cutting through avocado pits on a mandolin really scares me…after reading your post I know I won’t be doing it! I plan on making mine tomorrow! Yours look beautifully delicious…great photos and presentation!

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    1. Fortunately my nails were long and I lost more nail than skin... recovering well, but yeah, not for the home cook.

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  12. Your bloodshed seems to have spared the rest of us from a similar fate. Thanks for letting us know ahead of time! Mine turned out awful, due to bad avocados and horrid canned crab, but I'm glad that I never even tried to slice through that pit after reading your experience. Glad yours at least turned out well, for the aggravation and flesh you put into it!

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    1. I'm so glad I saved other's from the same fate. So sorry to hear it didn't turn out well, at least mine was tasty.

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  13. Oh no! I hope your finger heals quickly. I managed to make the slices with a knife, using a just barely ripe avocado. I don't think I'll make the "ravioli" again, though. A boat version or a salad will taste just as nice, I think.

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    1. Yes, salad is the way to go, but it really was nice sandwiched between the avocado.

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  14. Yikes! That is exactly what I was afraid of, so I only sliced half an avocado before abandoning the process I was only making one ravioli anyway). Yours look nice and I am glad that you enjoyed this dish.

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    1. I was just foolish.. but feeling fine now. Thanks

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  15. Diane, I certainly do hope that you finger is better by now and that all is well that ends well..your Crab-Avocado Ravioli look very pretty the way you presented them - a good sprinkling of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a bit of olive oil added on top often seem to add another nice and delicious touch to a dish. Very nicely done!
    Have a good (and most importantly, safe) week!

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    1. Thanks Andrea,
      All of those little touches I think really made this delicious.

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  16. Despite your injury (and, I am very sorry about that), I did laugh throughout your Post. I can just picture the kitchen scene. Your last sentence was very clever. Agreed that the mandoline technique could have been saved for another day. Trying to cut through a pit seemed silly to me. The crab salad was delicious, however, and I will make that when I can afford to buy crab meat again. The sugar suggestion is a good one.

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    1. Thanks Mary,
      I do appear to be a danger to myself in the kitchen. I've always had a little Lucille Ball in me. Yes, the sugar really blended the flavors, glad you were entertained.

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  17. Ouch! I don't have anything that would cut through a pit!! Looks fantastic

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  18. OMG I am so trying this....even if I'm the only one who eats it...thanks for sharing. dinoheromommy.com

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    1. I ate it solo and loved every bite.

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  19. Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that and I hope that the finger is healing.. The perils of food blogging indeed. I have burn marks on my arm from hot oil. After all that, thank goodness you liked the dish!

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    1. Yes, I have burn marks on my wrists from hitting the oven rack removing things... it is a dangerous occupation.

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  20. So trying this one too! Looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning this recipe. A lot of people are enjoying it. I loved it too.

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  21. I know this doesn't make your finger feel any better, but your dish is gorgeous and, I have no doubt, tastes wonderful. Crab may be my favorite seafood and pairing it with avocado is wonderful. Your post is one of the top-viewed this week and will be featured at tomorrow's See Ya in the Gumbo. Thanks for linking, congratulations, and heal quickly, Diane!

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    1. Thanks Michelle,
      My figure is totally healed. You would think I would remember the safety after doing this twice. I had a feeling you would like this recipe.

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  22. Hi Diane, we are featuring your post at Pin It Monday Hop later this afternoon. Hope you could stop by.

    For your convenience, here's the link: http://pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/?p=5267

    See you!
    Judy

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    1. Thank you so much Judy.. I saw just saw it a little while ago. I really appreciate it.

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  23. My mouth is watering reading your post! I love crab and avocado and you've prepared it beautifully here. I'm sorry about your finger though! Pinned :-)

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    1. Thanks April, fortunately it was delicious after all the pain.

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  24. Hi Diane! Thank you for partying with us at Simple Supper Tuesday at Moore or Less Cooking! Your yummy raviolis has been featured going live tonight at 8pm! Nettie

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    1. Thanks so much I will be sure to visit.

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  25. Hi Diane,
    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. I gave up on the mandolin pretty quickly. Mom so sorry you sliced your finger! Your "raviolis" look beautiful, and they sure did taste good.

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  27. I have a mandoline, but it scares me. Your accident is evidence that I'm right to be nervous. I hope you've healed by now. I chopped up the avocado and tossed with the crab salad. It's much less elegant than yours, but safer.

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