There’s nothing quite like Oscar Night: the films, the fashion, the stars and, for those who attend, the spectacular food at Wolfgang Puck’s Governor’s ball. (For many of those stars who haven’t eaten in days, I’m guessing–even if they won–that feast is the highlight of their night.)
And thanks to Wolfgang’s generosity with his menu and recipes, anyone with a kitchen and a little adventure in their soul can now eat like the stars while watching them from the comfort of their own sofa.
Of course, not wanting to be the size of a sofa after a night of noshing, you might want to skinny-fy Wolfgang’s recipes a bit…and this dish proves just how easy it is: Skinny Crab Louis.
Crab is a naturally healthy food…with just about 100 calories per 4 ounce serving but more than 20 grams of protein. But Wolfgang’s recipe, though delicious, calls for 3 tablespoons of Thousand Island or French dressing to season just 1/2 pound of crab and–at 100-120 calories a tablespoon–that means dressing a full pound of crab adds almost 700 calories to the dish.
In this skinny version, a little low fat mayo (or low fat vegan mayo) mixed with cocktail sauce, Dijon mustard and lemon juice adds flavor and creaminess but only 100 extra calories to the entire batch. Even after adding a few slender slices of avocado, a tasty cucumber and tomato relish and lightly dressed greens, each generous serving has roughly 150 calories rather than 400. And if you trade in the avocado for roasted bell pepper strips, that lovely plate has even fewer calories.
So for your next Oscar Party, or just a simple supper at home any night..start with this skinny but rich dish. You may not win an Oscar, but you may win the award for Healthiest Hostess! Continue reading