Dungeness Crab* with Mango and
Celery Root Salad

By John Ash - Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA

Serves 8 (as a starter course)

Ingredients for the celery root and apple salad:
Celery root can vary widely. Pick ones that are heavy for their size, which means there wonít be a hole in the center. Taste the celery root after cutting and, if it seems tough or too strongly flavored, blanch it for a few seconds in salted boiling water followed by a dunk in ice water to retain its crunch.

1 small celery root (about 1/2 lb.)
2/3 C mayonnaise
2 T buttermilk
1 1/2 T whole grain mustard
1 1/2 T smooth Dijon mustard
2 t fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Big pinch hot paprika or cayenne pepper
1 small Fuji or other tart-sweet apple peeled, cored, julienned

Peel the celery root, thinly slice it into rounds and then cut into thin julienne. In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustards and lemon juice until smooth. Season to taste with salt, pepper and paprika. Set 1/4 cup aside to mix with crab. Gently stir celery root and apple into remaining mayonnaise mixture to evenly coat. Chill at least 1 hour ahead to allow flavors to develop. This salad may be made a day or two ahead and stored covered and refrigerated.

To serve:
Using a 3-inch ring mold, mound the celery root salad in the center of the plates. Top with mango and then crab mixed with the reserved dressing from the celery root salad. Press down gently to form a relatively compact cake. Remove ring mold and repeat with remaining plates, dividing the ingredients equally. Top each with caviar and chervil sprigs and serve immediately.
To add greens to this salad, add young, white frisÈe and/or cress tossed with a little olive oil and lemon. Bank the greens around the salad.

(c) 2009 by John Ash.

*Seafood Watch: recommends wild-caught Dungeness crab from the U.S. and caviar from U.S. farmed rainbow trout or wild-caught salmon from Alaska (a product that also carries the Marine Stewardship Councilís blue eco-label for sustainably-caught seafood).


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