Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook Recipe Preview
The release of Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook is fast approaching. We cannot wait for you to read it and try the amazing recipes we’ve collected from street vendors across the country. Here’s a recipe to get you started, sure to be a favorite with crab lovers everywhere. It’s from the Melts My Heart Truck in San Jose, CA.
Crab a Hold of Me
Melts My Heart – Wes Isip – San Jose, CA
Makes 1 sandwich
Owner Brian Aflague’s love of grilled cheese came from homemade childhood meals in his grandfather’s kitchen. It was a nostalgic meal that never quite gave up its spot as his #1 favorite food. At Melts My Heart, Brian pays tribute to the classic grilled cheese by constantly looking for new ways to offer up the cheese-and-bread combo. His favorite place of inspiration is his own crew, often putting their ideas into practice and creating instant favorites. One such favorite is the signature crab melt made with fresh crab, mild Cheddar cheese, and a touch of Old Bay.
1 16 oz can premium quality super or jumbo lump crabmeat (not imitation)
1 stalk celery, diced
¼ red onion, diced
1 scallion, chopped
Old Bay seasoning to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 to 3 tbsp (28 to 41g) mayonnaise
2 slices fresh sourdough bread
3 slices mild Cheddar cheese
2 slices tomatoes
Combine the crab, celery, red onion, scallion, Old Bay, and black pepper in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly again.
Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place both slices of bread buttered-side down onto the skillet. Add the cheese to both slices of bread. Scoop 4 ounces (112g) of the crab mix on top of the cheese on one slice of bread.
Place 2 slices of tomatoes directly on the pan and grill for a few seconds on each side. Place the tomatoes on the other slice of bread and toast for 3 minutes. Flip the slice of bread with the tomatoes onto the other slice of bread with the crab mix. Press down firmly and toast both sides for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crispy.