Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip Bites and a Virtual Baby Shower

by heidi on October 17, 2012

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip from FoodieCrush

There’s nothing in the world that can bring a smile to one’s face like seeing a new mama gaze wonderously at her newborn baby. The cliché is true, each and every one of those nuggets of time are mini miracles.

And today we have a little celebrating to do: TA-DA! We’re welcoming a new baby that one of our favorite bloggers will soon be smiling sweetly upon. Thanks to Maria, Marla, Gaby and Brian for hosting a virtual baby shower for Lisa of the popular food blog With Style and Grace.

I first discovered Lisa’s blog when Maria introduced the two of us at the Evo Conference. We shared a gondola to the top of the mountain with a few other bloggers where there was plenty of chit chat and note comparing as bloggers will often do.

But what struck me about Lisa was the arsenal of treats she carried in a little knapsack with her. Here she was, this little bitty thing nibbling her way through a sack full of goodies that should the gondola cab decide to go down could have kept us all perfectly satiated for several days or at least until the search dogs found caught our scent.

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip from FoodieCrush

But her ‘treat bag’ was far more than treats, they were gluten-free snacks meant to supplement any menu obstacles or blood sugar highs and lows. They were all very healthy snacks, hence why she remained itty bitty rather than large Marge. It was really the first time I’d been around someone so dedicated to the gluten-free lifestyle, and I was impressed.

Shortly thereafter I asked her to contribute to my first issue of FoodieCrush magazine and straight from the get-go she was all for it with no hesitation in contributing newly developed recipes, photography and entertaining tips to a start-up project with no track record. It was after that when I learned more about the trials and tribulations that demanded her to abolish gluten from her diet and the resulting success allowing her to live her life to the fullest once again thanks in large part to being conscientious about what she puts in her mouth.

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip from FoodieCrush

The girl is nothing if not driven in sharing her passion for health and the results that come from it. At 7 months pregnant and still enduring morning/afternoon and evening sickness as well as a move to a new city and the loss of a loved one, Lisa started her charge to create an e-book highlighting her recipes, photography and her immitable gluten-free entertaining style. And this is where once again we became reacquainted.

Over the past few months, Lisa and I have gotten to know one another better after she asked me to consult and create her gluten-free entertaining e-book set to launch very soon. And we can’t wait to share it with you. Yes, she’s pretty much birthing two babies and I’m thrilled to cheers her on both.

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip from FoodieCrush

For Lisa’s virtual baby shower I knew I had to prepare a little gluten-free snack as an ode to the day I first met her. I think she did have chips that day, but I could be wrong. Maybe I was just craving them? A quick search of her site didn’t result in any shellfish recipes so I’m not sure if Lisa is a fan of the clawed bottom breeders.

This crab salad pairs creamy lump crab with celery and onion for a bit of crunch but the real flavor comes from the addition of dried thyme mixed with mellow crémé fraiche.

A few notes about this recipe:

1. If you can’t find crémé fraiche at your local market, go ahead and use a half and half mix of sour cream with mayo as an alternative.

2. Because this recipe is pretty light on the sauce invest in the best crab you can find to showcase it’s best crabby flavor. Stay away from the aluminum can variety or imitation K-rab which on one hand can either be too fishy or on the other rubbery and flavorless. Most grocers now carry the real stuff in vacuum sealed packs in the butcher/seafood department and it is so worth the investment.

3. If you don’t have dried thyme on hand, substitute chopped Italian parsley or fresh mint.

4. These are best eaten within 15 minutes or so of preparation to avoid a sogged out chip. If you need more staying power, consider serving on a crostini or bagel chip. And if you can’t find sweet potato chips, a ridged ruffled chip will work great too.

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip Bites and a Virtual Baby Shower

15 minutes

Yield: 20-24 appetizers

Crab Salad Sweet Potato Chip Bites and a Virtual Baby Shower

Ingredients

1 cup lump crab meat (about 4 ounces)
1/3 cup celery, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 tablespoons crémé fraiche
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup grated swiss cheese
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons chives, chopped
2-3 cups sweet potato chips or about 20-24

Instructions

  1. Mix lump crab meat with chopped celery, shallots, crémé fraiche and lemon juice. Add thyme and swiss cheese and season with kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Place about 1 tablespoon of crab mixture on each chip and garnish with chopped chives. Serve immediately.
http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/10/crab-salad-sweet-potato-chip-bites/

So who else is coming to the party? Check out these other food bloggers sites for more delicious baby shower eats to honor the new baby with grace.

A Thought For Food | Scalloped Potato Gratin
Yes I Want Cake | Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Family Fresh Cooking  | Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
What’s Gaby Cooking | Chocolate Dipped Meringues
Two Peas and a Pod | Vegetable Quinoa Soup
Simple Bites | Maple Pumpkin Pie
Heather Christo Cooks | Butternut Squash Bacon Scones
Aggies Kitchen | Iced Apple Cinnamon Tea
Reluctant Entertainer | Mascarpone Marmalade Bites

27 comments |

Posted in: appetizers and small bites,meat and seafood,recipes,salads and sides

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 17, 2012 at 2:33 am

I love how simple but amazing this is! Sweet potato chips are fabulous and this crab salad looks picture-perfect! Congrats to Lisa and to all of you for doing this!

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fruitandcake October 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

What an ingenious recipe. Perfect for every hour. Thanks a lot.

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Deborah October 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

This looks so good – especially on top of those sweet potato chips!!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks October 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

Duuuude, I love this. We’re like, so partying.

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Aimee @ Simple Bites October 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I’m not even pregnant and these look crazy good!! If only this shower was happening IRL – and we could actually meet!

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Caroline @ Pink Basil October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

Sweet potato & crab?? Never would have thought of this, but I’m quite intrigued…

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

Beautiful photos of a fabulous dish Heidi. Just gorgeous.

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Sandy @ RE October 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

Lovely, so lovely! Lisa is the best and she’s going to love this.

I just did an app on those sweet potato chips, too. So easy and great presentation.

Wish we could enjoy all these dishes together!

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Katie October 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Virtual baby showers are so much fun! I want to make this one happen in my living room.

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heidi October 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

Katie, we can arrange that :)

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Lisa | With Style and Grace October 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love everything about this post!! Heidi, you are so wonderful. I love the idea of serving crab salad over sweet potato chips, brilliant! I honestly couldn’t be happier or more excited to be working with you [on my other baby] – best partner I could ask for! Thank you for this thoughtful post, it means so much!

ps. you sure dialed right in – I never go anywhere without a bag of snacks :)

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heidi October 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

And back at you Lisa! So excited for you to be a mommy!

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Cassie October 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

These look amazing, Heidi. The crab salad is genius!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food October 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Darling… first off, this salad. I’m in love. Totally smitten, in fact.

Second, this is one fabulous tribute to our dear friend Lisa. I’m sure she loved this!

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Cookin' Canuck October 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

What a fun recipe, Heidi! And, as usual, your photos are gorgeous! I’m so thrilled for Lisa, for both the imminent arrival of her little guy, as well as her e-book.

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Jeanette October 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

These crab bites look so good – I’m originally from MD so we’re big fans of crab in our house. Congrats to Lisa – can’t wait to see her e-book that you helped with!

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Irvin @ Eat the Love October 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

I am ALL over these. Dang it. We all need to get together and make these things in real life so I can eat all of it!

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heidi October 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

How much fun would that be? Actual cooking, drinking and connecting. Thanks for the comment :)

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Maria October 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

Perfect party food! Yay for Lisa!

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Delishhh October 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

What an awesome post!! Love this snack!

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Rosie @ Sweetapolita October 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

These are gorgeous, Heidi. And your photos are always spot-on perfection!

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Good Food Good Friends October 24, 2012 at 5:04 am

Beautiful pictures and I am sure these little crab sweet potato bites are delicious!

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