Easy, Fun Appetizer: Deconstructed California Rolls

4 years ago

I wanted to mix things up a bunch for this year’s Academy Awards menu. I was thinking about making my first sushi for the blog, but decided that was too much work if you are going to be entertaining next weekend. With sushi on my brain, I surfed the internet and found a few recipes for deconstructed California rolls. I was hooked! Homemade spicy crab mix, avocado, a bit of cilantro to freshen things up… the combination is delicious! I swapped out the crackers and crostini for a bit of romaine lettuce, and found that these ended up being more like a funky lettuce wrap. Depending on the size of the romaine you can find, you can either make them tiny handheld appetizers, or more of a full-size (5-inch) lettuce wrap.




Deconstructed California Rolls
Prep time
20 mins
Total time
20 mins
Author: Cooking in Red Socks
Recipe type: Appetizers, Wraps
Serves: 16, or 10 large wraps
  • 1 package (8 oz) imitation crab
  • 2 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp – 1 tbs sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, small leaves only
  • 1 avocado, small dice
  • ½ cucumber, skin and seed removed, small dice
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Black sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Pull the crab apart with your hands or two forks so that it is in bite-sized pieces. Toss with the next six ingredients (mayonnaise through salt and pepper) and adjust the seasonings so that it is to the spiciness of your choosing.
  2. Lay the lettuce out flat on a serving tray. Put a few tablespoons of the crab mix onto each of the lettuce leaves. Top each with a few pieces of avocado, cucumber and cilantro. Sprinkle a pinch of sesame seeds over the top and serve chilled to room temperature. You can refrigerate them assembled and put them out 10 -15 minutes before serving.
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