Crab & Quinoa Sliders with Wasabi Mayo, Sesame Cucumber and Potato Chips

These sliders come together fairly quick since I buy the crab meat already prepared. If you want to save even more time, you can cook the quinoa in advance and have it in the fridge.

When I make sliders, I normally make my own buns. I have only been able to find one kind of slider buns here and even though they taste just fine, I don’t love the way they look. They are quite pale and a bit boring. So for when I am pressed for time, I buy them but I pimp them up a little bit. This is my 10 minute bun hack: I brush them with some egg wash. Then sprinkle them with sesame seeds (or poppy seeds) and then I bake them in a 180C/350F preheated oven for 10 minutes. You can see the before and after below:

This recipe makes about 8 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the patties:

1/3 cup of white quinoa

360grs Crab meat (I used canned crab), make sure to press off any excess water.

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 ½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of celery salt

½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 egg white

¼ cup of breadcrumbs

1/3 cup of panko

For the wasabi mayo:

½ cup of mayonnaise

1 ½ teaspoon of wasabi (more or less to taste)

Juice of half a lime

For the sesame cucumber:

½ a cucumber, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

Extras:

Slider buns

Potato chips

Vegetable oil for cooking the patties

Garden cress for decoration (optional)

 

To make the sesame cucumber: To make the dressing, just whisk together in a small bowl the sesame oil, vinegar, honey and soy sauce. Set it aside.

Thinly slice the cucumber, I used a mandoline to be faster. Place a few paper towels in a medium bowl and place the sliced cucumber on top. You want to get rid of extra moisture. When you are ready to serve, then mix the cucumber with the dressing.

To make the wasabi mayo, just whisk the mayo with the wasabi and lime juice. Set it aside.

To make the patties:

First cook the quinoa. I use white quinoa because it binds better with the rest of the ingredients. Rinse it under cold water and then boil it for 12 minutes. Drain it and set it aside to cool down. Once it is cold, start making the patties.

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Shape each burger using your hands. I used about 1/3 of a cup of the crab mixture per burger. Pour some vegetable oil (I used about ¼ of a cup) in a large pan over medium heat. Cook the patties until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.

To serve, just place a few slices of the sesame cucumber on the lower part of the bun, then add the burger. Top it with some wasabi mayo, crumbled potato chips and garden cress. Serve straight away.

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Roasted Grape & Brie Crostini, with Honey Roasted Walnuts and Pumpkin Seeds

This is such an easy recipe for entertaining. You can make the roasted nuts in advance and just store them in an airtight container once they are completely cold. I also bought the baguette the night before and froze it. There is one really good French artisanal bakery here (it is called Le Fournil de Sebastien). Even though it is not very far from my home, it is out of my usual route and very often I just don’t have the time to go there. So now I just stock up when I am less busy, and keep it the freezer. I just sprinkle some water over the baguette. Then I bake it for about 15 minutes at 180C/350F and voilà, perfect baguette as it was just freshly made. For this recipe, I like the grapes to still keep their shape. So when you bite into them, they just burst open in your mouth. I roasted them in a bit of balsamic vinegar and port to add a bit more of a complex flavor to them. So good!

This recipe is for two medium baguettes.

Ingredients:
For the honey roasted walnuts & pumpkin seeds:
100grs of walnuts
60grs of pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of honey
Pinch of salt
For the roasted grapes:
500grs of red seedless grapes
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of port
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle of salt
Extras:
2 baguettes, sliced
400grs of Brie
Fresh thyme leaves to decorate

Start by making the nuts. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the vegetable oil, a pinch of salt and honey in a bowl, mix well with a fork. Then add the walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Mix well until they are evenly coated.

Spread them in a single layer and bake them for about 15-18 minutes, stirring half way through. Check that they don’t burn. Once the nuts are done, set them aside to cool down.

Raise the oven temperature to 220C/420F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove the grapes from the vine. Add the olive oil, port, balsamic vinegar, thyme and sprinkle of salt. Add the grapes and toss to coat them. Spread the grapes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Don’t forget to also pour the sauce.

Roast the grapes for 20-25 minutes until they begin to burst. You want them to still keep their shape.

To serve, place a slice of brie over each slice of bread. Top with some roasted grapes and a bit of the juice. Then add some of the honey roasted nuts and a few thyme leaves. Enjoy!

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