French Ravigotte with New Orleans twist. I would not recommend using imitation crab, the meat is critical as the flavors are very delicate. For a more economic version, use regular lump rather than jumbo. For a more dramatic presentation, withhold capers until the end and sprinkle them over the prepared dish with an extra pinch of parsley. When we make it, we use the full recipe but only serve it over 4 (sometimes 2) tomato/lettuce beds rather than 6 so each person will have extra crabmeat mixture. Yum yum. To make recipe a little easier, use chopped lettuce as a salad bed just enough to cover an appetizer plate, then lay the single tomato slice on top and continue as recipe directs. It will look just as nice and is a little easier on the cook : )
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon creole mustard (or dijon or other brown mustard)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup capers, drained
- 1⁄4 cup whole scallion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- white pepper
- 1 lb crabmeat, jumbo lump
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 2 medium tomatoes
- Combine egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, and lemon juice in blender.
- Blend for 2 minutes.
- While blending, slowly add oil into the blender in a thin, but constant stream (critical).
- Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Gently fold in capers, scallions, and parsley.
- Add salt and white pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
- Slice tomato into 6-in. slices (keep them as consistent as possible).
- Slice lettuce head into ribbons (if you slice it in the right direction it will hold together into a circular bed of ribbons that will be slightly larger than the tomato and will layer beautifully).
- Just before serving, gently fold in crabmeat (so as not to damage lumps).
- Layer the items on plates in the following order: lettuce, tomato, then crabmeat mixture.
- Optional: garnish with a pinch parsley.