Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado

by on May 8, 2011

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It’s been a hot time for sandwiches lately! Two of my blogging friends have released sandwich cookbooks in the past month. By their titles, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, you can tell right away that each covers quite a bit of sandwich territory. Today I’ll share with you the Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado recipe from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, by Alison Lewis of Ingredients, Inc. and later this week I’ve got another recipe from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.

See 400 Best Sandwich Recipes on AmazonIn 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, Alison Lewis takes on the gargantuan task of creating a comprehensive collection of sandwich recipes – everything from the classics to burgers to wraps and condiments. The Grilled Cheese section alone contains 91 recipes – and I thought I was exhausted of grilled cheese!

Without question, coming up with this many sandwich recipes requires a good amount of creativity. Alison’s creativity proves to be boundless as she delivers innovative twists on familiar favorites such as BLT Pimiento Cheese Sliders, Tuna Caesar Wraps Prosciutto and Melon Grilled Cheese. She also has an appetizer section with a slew of mini sandwiches and crostini.

Out of the 400 recipes in this cookbook, the one that I knew right away I wanted to make first was the Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado. The reason? A chance for sandwich redemption.

Back in the early days of Panini Happy I attempted to grill crab, mango and avocado panini. It was horrendous. I actually posted about what a disaster it was. My major faux pas back then was cheese choice: a really strong blue cheese. I have no idea what I was thinking with that.

The recipe in this cookbook calls for Muenster, a milder, more sensible choice. Also, the crab is tossed in lime juice and black pepper, making it more like a ceviche. This made for a fresh-tasting seafood sandwich. I substituted some flatbread that the Kontos company sent to me in place of the French bread the recipe calls for, which was a nice, toasty variation.

I knew this sandwich idea held promise when I first attempted it – I’m so glad this book prompted me to revisit it!

Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado

I received a copy of 400 Best Sandwiches for free from the publisher but the opinions expressed here are my own.






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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria May 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

Great sandwich for summer!

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2 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 9, 2011 at 6:38 am

Huge thanks for featuring my book and recipe! I really appreciate it!!

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3 George May 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

That looks really good. I’ll take any excuse to use avacado and crab is my favorite seafood.

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4 Feast on the Cheap May 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

Oooh, this is right up my alley! the perfect summer sammy
Feast on the Cheap´s last blog post ..Puff Pastry Bites with Stilton- Fig Jam- and Candy-Glazed Walnuts

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5 Cookin' Canuck May 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

I can’t wait to cook from Alison’s new book. This sandwich looks like a definite contender for the first recipe I try. So tasty!

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6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

I love this, what a great combination of ingredients in one sandwich!

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7 Shaina May 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

This sounds perfect for summer.
Shaina´s last blog post ..A Very Serious Mother’s Day but not really

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8 Apron Appeal May 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I currently have an over abundance of mangos and avocados (that did not get used for Cinco de Mayo salsa…this should help me whittle that down a bit.
Apron Appeal´s last blog post ..Dinner Rolls

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9 marla May 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Such a wonderful combo of flavors! I love this book :)

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10 Linda May 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

I was just searching to make a crab quesadilla and this is an amazing combination! Yumm!

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11 Sophia May 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

What a fun, tropical panini!! It sounds amazing! The combination of mango and avocado sounds so tasty!

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12 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls May 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love the addition of mango! This looks soooo scrumptious!
Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls´s last blog post ..Raspberry &amp Lemon Curd Tart

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13 cooking rookie May 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

mango and avocado together sounds nice – sweet and creamy. I should give it a try :-) Thanks for sharing!

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14 Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

What a perfect panini!

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15 Megan May 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

Oh yum! :)

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16 Snehal May 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Mango+Avocados in a sandwich! That looks delicious. I’m a vegetarian but would love to try this minus the crab.

I’m going to be at the Bake Sale this weekend. See you soon :).
Snehal´s last blog post ..Fresh In The Market

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17 Kathy May 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there, Snehal!

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18 kellypea May 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Fabulous combo of flavors — truly. That’s a pretty perfect looking panino. Glad there are so many great books out on sandwiches now. One of my fave foods. Is it a “food?” ;)

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19 Robyn | Add a Pinch May 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

Oh I love this combination!
Robyn | Add a Pinch´s last blog post ..Lemon Bars

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20 Eliana May 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Love the combination fo sweet and salty here. Looks delicious.

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21 Rice Kernel May 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thrilled to find you site! We cooked up some crab and chive eggs a few days ago and some burritos with mango salsa last night…of course we have leftovers of both so this is the perfect inspiration for tomorrow! Thank you. Looking forward to following you!
Rice Kernel´s last blog post ..Japanese-Inspired Nori Seafood Pasta with Napa Broth

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22 Yuri @ Chef Pandita May 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

As a mango and avocado addict, love this combination :) I have linked to this post in today’s Delicious Links post. Happy Monday!
Yuri @ Chef Pandita´s last blog post ..Chocolate Truffle Tart w Oreo Crust- Nutella Mascarpone Frosting and Callebaut Crispearls GIVEAWAY!

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23 Kathy May 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thanks a lot, Yuri! :-)

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24 Greg May 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

An entire blog about paninis, well alright! I love this recipe. Mangos with seafood are such a great combo.
Greg´s last blog post ..Tandoori-style chicken with mint

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25 Carolyn Jung June 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I bet this would be a fabulous combination with grilled shrimp, too. YUM!

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