Preparation time: 20 min.
Chilling time: 2 to 4 hrs.
Perfect for luncheon main dish, this make-ahead molded salad is a popular type and makes the best use of a package of frozen crabmeat.
For 4 servings you will need:
1 pkg. (6 oz.) snow crab or king crabmeat, thawed
2 pkgs. unflavored gelatin
¼ cup cold water
¾ cup chili sauce
¼ cup tomato juice
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. instant minced onion
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped, Tomato mayonnaise dressing (recipe follows)
1. Add liquid drained from crabmeat to gelatin in measuring cup. Stir in enough water to equal ¼ cup liquid. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes until gelatin is absorbed, then set over hot water to dissolve.
2. In bowl, combine crabmeat with chili sauce, tomato juice, sour cream, onion, dill weed, salt, fresh lemon juice, and chopped eggs.
3. Stir in the softened gelatin. Chill until thick, stir once. Turn into one oiled salad mold, about 3 cups size. Chill until set.
4. While salad chills, prepare the dressing. Unmold salad onto crisp lettuce leaves. Garnish with tomato wedge or sliced avocado, if desired.
Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing:
Combine 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. tomato paste, ½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. prepared mustard, 2 Tbsp. instant minced onion, and 1 egg in blender container. Turn blender container. Turn blender on; slowly drizzle in 1 cup salad oil. Whirl until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Makes 1 ½ cups.
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