Crab Melt Sandwich with California Avocados

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Serves: 12
  Roasted red bell pepper, charred, seeded and sliced into fourths
Tbsp.  butter
12    large slices sourdough bread
42  oz.  Fresh crab meat
12    1/2 oz. slices White chedder cheese
  As needed  Black Pepper Aioli (recipe follows)
  As needed  Salt and pepper to taste
  Fresh California Avocados, sliced into 12ths *
    Black Pepper Aioli
Tbsp.  mayonnaise
1/2  tsp.  ground black pepper

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


Black Pepper Aioli:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix mayonnaise and ground black pepper.

Crab Melt:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and place in a sauté pan, butter side down. Place the sauté pan in the oven for about 1 minute.
  2. Meanwhile, heat another sauté pan over medium heat; add the crab meat and the roasted pepper. Heat for 1 minute.
  3. Take the bread slices come from the oven, spread 1 tablespoon of aioli on each slice. Top each with two pieces of the roasted pepper, then divide the crab meat equally among the slices. Add salt and pepper to taste, and top each sandwich with one slice of white cheddar cheese. Return the pan to the oven for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  4. Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal.
  5. Top each half with 3 slices of Fresh California Avocado. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on top of the avocado and serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Gary Rizzo

Gary Rizzo, Somerset Restaurant, Oakland CA

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