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
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
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.
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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