Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Crab Dijonnaise with Asparagus

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Crab Dijonnaise with Asparagus

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon minced shallots
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 pound fresh crabmeat, cooked and shredded
2 To 3 heads Belgian endive, carefully separated, rinsed and chilled
12 Or more fresh asparagus spears, steamed, chilled and split lengthwise
Dijon Sauce (recipe below)

Combine the oil, lemon juice, tarragon, shallots and salt. Toss with the crab. Place in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors blend.

To serve, place an asparagus spear-half on each leaf of endive. Top with approximately 2-3 teaspoons Dijon Sauce and sprinkle with crab.

Dijon Sauce:
2 egg yolks, room temperature
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Dash of white pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Creme Fraiche

Place the egg yolks, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a blender. Blend for a few seconds. With the motor still running, add the oil in a slow steady stream until well incorporated.

Remove the sauce to a bowl and whisk in the Creme Fraiche. Cover and refrigerate. This can be made several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Leftover sauce is wonderful with chilled artichokes.

Source: California Heritage Continues -a cookbook by The Junior League of Pasadena

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