We had a Salad Competition organised by the Ladies Forum of our College Allumini some time back and my entry was Crab Stick and Grilled Pineapple variations.
The times that you feel like doing something...but again, get no idea what . (same as in the previous post on Rose'y Chicken Puffs) So, the best option is to roam around the Super market, browsing all that is on the racks, believing something will click. It was during one of the "market browsings" that i happen to see this pack of "crab sticks" in the freezer section. That did sound interesting, coz I had never bought it before .So, that was it, crab sticks with something...for the competition.
|an innocent doubt..don't you agree ??|
Recommendations on the packing is to have it as such, (after defrosting, that is). But, to the Indian taste buds, it definitely will be bland. So, I gave a slight fry to these sticks in 2 table spoons of olive oil and dashed some pepper and dried herbs atop (optional), for a flavour. Do not be too rough , and do not fry it for more than a minute or two, else they shread into fine strips.
Now, that the super market browsing is done, next is the online browsing..on what to do with these. and finally...decided to pair it with pineapple.
Individual serve portions of flavoured crab sticks with grilled pineapple . These could go as an appetizer as well.
*Make a sause mix - sweet chille sauce + barbaque sauce + pepper powder + salt
* Brush the sauce mix on these cut pineapple strips and grill till done. Not too dry, they should still be juicy.
Arrange in small wine glass with some salad greens around to keep it in place, with of course, the additional low cal benefits of thyself.
Option 2: Mixed mayonnaise salad
Pineapple (plain, not grilled)
Bell peppers - green, yellow, red, orange
(Cut the above into small pieces)
Crab sticks (flavoured, as above), cut and shredded
Mix everything with low fat garlic mayonnaise (or any flavoured variety of your choice), sprinkled with some pepper powder and salt to taste.
I used Bell Pepper cups for presenting the mayonnaise salad. Cut the peppers (one colour each) into half, fill it with the salad, topped with few cut pieces of the peppers in the centre. Red cuts over the salad in the red pepper bowl..so so.
The platter now awaits the judges.
A very justifiable answer, by little Ms. Pussy...and my salad variation platter did win a prize in the competition. ;)
So until next ..you all have a great time !!!