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Crab Pita Bites


 These are made with "imitation crab meat" or they would be quite expensive to 
make. If you wish, you
could substitute 12 ounces cooked crab meat, 
but I find the imitation meat to be quite fine
in this recipe. 


Imitation crab meat is a process using fish, usually Alaskan pollock. The fish

are deboned, rinsed, and mixed with seasonings or flavorings and sugar. Crab meat

is also added for flavor. The amount varies with each processor. Good

for parties because you can make everything way ahead of

schedule and then assemble right before serving.



Baked Pita Triangles

1 (10 ounce) package Greek pita breads (about 5 to a package)

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin


Crab Topping

1 (12 ounce) package imitation crab meat

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 green onions, chopped, including about 1/2-inch green

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns

Dash seasoning salt

Dash cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice



Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2.  Pita Triangles: Cut each pita bread in half so you have two rounds. 
     A kitchen shears works well for this
purpose. Cut each round into 
     6 wedges so you have 60 triangles.

3.  In a small bowl, use a pastry brush to mix the sesame oil, olive oil and 
     ground cumin. Mix well and then
brush the oil over all the rough sides 
     of the pita triangles. Be careful not to use too much oil on each pita.

     Too much oil will leave the pita really oily. You just want to 
     lightly brush them to give them flavor. Place

     the cut/oil brushed side up on two baking sheets.



Toasted Pita Triangles



4.  Bake the pita breads for 6 minutes and then check them. Bake further 
     watching closely so they don't burn. They can burn fast if you are not watching 
    them. Bake them in two batches until lightly toasted and crisp.

5.  While the pita triangle chips are cooling, make the topping.

6.  Crab Topping: Place the crab into a large bowl and use a scissors to 
     cut the crab up into smaller
pieces. Mix in the mayonnaise, green onions, 
     pepper, salt, pepper and lime juice.










7.  To assemble these appetizers, place a teaspoon or so of the crab 
      topping on the crispy pita triangles. Sprinkle each one with a sprinkling of 

      chopped cilantro or parsley.

8.  Place on a serving tray and enjoy. These should not be assembled 
     too far ahead of time. 

     Makes 60 crab bites



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