Last week I went to Costco. Costco is a funny store for me. Every trip to Costco is a magical adventure. When I first started going everything was new and wonderful. I would get to the front cash and discover that my new and wonderful things added up to $500.00. The more I go the less I spend. I find that I really have to think about what items actual costs are when I am there. I really give my brain a work out. I also am now more jaded and the "new and wonderful" is no longer "new", but who am I kidding, it's still "wonderful".
When I was at Costco last week they were featuring imitation crab. It was a package of four smaller packages of imitation crab for $10.00. I love imitation crab. There are so many delicious ways to use it! I like to sneak bits of it just on it's own with salt. I have two favourite ways to use it however. I make crab salad (the above picture, although it does not look as delicious as it actually is), and crab dip. In the summer you can almost always find a Tupperwear dish filled with imitation crab salad in my fridge. You might say that it is a summer staple.
For the crab salad, I make it almost the same as I make my tuna salad. I dice celery (above), while my noodles are cooking. I chop the imitation crab into small bites. I then rinse my cooked noodles in cold water, and let them dry a little. I add my celery, and imitation crab, and about 1/2 cup of mayonnaise or enough to blend it all together without being too mayonnaisey. My secret ingredient is about 1/2 tsp on Greek seasoning, and about a quarter cup of Parmesan cheese (it's also really nice with Asiago cheese finely grated). In the summer I add freshly chopped chives.
For imitation crab dip I chop the imitation crab, then mix it until it is just mixed with "Hellava Good" French onion dip. Oh it is so yummy when you put it on crackers.