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Dinner Tonight: Crab and Avocado Sandwich

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

This recipe from Jonathan Waxman's A Great American Cook is almost as simple as its title suggests. The only thing that is a little misleading is that the avocado is mashed up with onion, cilantro, chiles, limes, and salt to create what essentially amounts to guacamole. Though I'd never turn down the green stuff on a sandwich, I didn't get excited until the crab meat came into play.

It's kind of amazing how one ingredient can completely change your perception of a dish. The delicate crab meat adds a sweet counterpoint to the creamy guacamole, making the sandwich feel far more special than just a simple weeknight meal. That could have also been because I used freshly packed crab meat from a local fishmonger instead of the canned variety. That said, I've had luck with the canned stuff before, and it would definitely still work here.

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