Thursday, August 18, 2011

Travelers Cuisine - Catalina Surimi Sandwich Wrap

     Tortilla wraps have been popular since the 1990's.  Nearly every casual restaurant has a tortilla wrap offering on the lunch menu.
     The tortillas that are used to make sandwich wraps can be fancy.  Sandwich wrap tortillas are often flavored with dried green or red chile powder, cheese, tomato, herbs and many other flavors.  I chose whole wheat tortillas for this recipe.
     Surimi is marketed in grocery stores as imitation crab meat.  Surimi is made with fish meal or fish meat puree.  I do not like the name "imitation crab meat" at all.  Its really not an accurate description of the product.  Outside of America it is called surimi.  I have featured some fancy surimi products in past recipe blog entries.
     Catalina dressing became very popular in the 1960's and 1970's.  Catalina dressing is similar to a Russian dressing, but it is much zestier.  Catalina is a nice alternative to buttermilk dressing in a wrap sandwich.
     When traveling, the farther off the beaten path that one goes, the fewer restaurants there are to choose from.  A solitary fast food joint has taken the place of local diner restaurants in many small rural towns along the highway.  Finding restaurant food that offers healthy nutritional value is not always an easy task when on the road.
     Packing some food in a cooler or shopping at a small town food market is a good option when traveling.  Taking an afternoon driving break at a rest area or park that has picnic tables is not a bad idea.  Getting creative and whipping up a few healthy sandwich wraps helps to relieve travel related stress.  Eating healthy sandwich wrap out in the fresh air helps to rejuvenate a road weary traveler.          
     Catalina Surimi Sandwich Wrap:  
     Place a large whole wheat tortilla on a countertop.
     Place a few long slices of red tipped leaf lettuce across the middles of the tortilla.
     Sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack Cheese over the lettuce.
     Place a few very thin slices of plum tomato over the cheese.
     Place about 2 to 3 ounces of shredded imitation crab surimi over the plum tomato slices.
     Drizzle a little bit of the Catalina dressing over the ingredients.  (Go sparing with the dressing!  Bottled Catalina dressing has a strong flavor.)
     Sprinkle a few very thin slices of green onion over the surimi and dressing.
     Place a couple of thin slices of avocado on the surimi.
     Sprinkle some alfalfa sprouts over the ingredients.
     Fold one end of the tortilla over the ingredients.
     Roll the tortilla and ingredients into a cylinder shape.  
     The sandwich wrap can be served whole or it can be cut it in half.
     Set the sandwich wrap on a plate.
     Place a piece of red tipped leaf lettuce on the plate.
     Place 4 turned radish halves on the plate.
     Sprinkle a few very thin slices of green onion top over the radishes.
     Crisp, light and fresh tasting!  Sandwich wraps are like a healthy salad that can be eaten like a sandwich.  The Catalina dressing adds an appealing zesty flavor.  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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