Alaskan King Crab with Pear “Tabbouleh” Salad
This recipe comes to us from chef Sameh Wadi.
Makes 4 servings
2 to 3 pounds Alaskan king crab, shelled and cut in 2-inch pieces
1/3 cup fine bulgur wheat
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup boiling water
4 cups Italian parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup tomatoes cut in 1/4-inch dice
2 scallions, white part only, thinly sliced
2 Forelle pears, cored and cut in 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup mint, torn in small pieces by hand
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Forelle pear, thinly sliced
For the tabbouleh, rinse the bulgur wheat under cold water and drain well. Place bulgur in a bowl and toss with olive oil, and then add boiling water. Cover bowl tightly with plastic and let stand 15 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing on bulgur to remove excess liquid.
Transfer slightly cooled bulgur to a larger bowl and toss with parsley, tomatoes, scallions, pears and mint. Mix well to distribute ingredients evenly and add lemon juice and olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding more of either or both as necessary. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
To serve, place pear tabbouleh in the middle of a plate. Arrange king crab pieces around the tabbouleh and garnish with several slices of Forelle pear. Drizzle lightly with olive oil before serving.