Servings: Serves 6
To prepare vinaigrette: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine apple juice, Calvados, and apple cores, and reduce until syrupy (watch carefully at the end to prevent burning). Remove apple cores. Place mixture in a bowl and whisk in mustard, vinegar, shallots, and thyme. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Makes about 2 cups.
In 3 separate bowls, dress crab, a mix of apples and avocado, and mâche with 1/3 cup vinaigrette each. Divide apple-and-avocado mixture among 6 chilled bowls and top with crab. Set mâche aside.
To make tuiles: Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet lined with a reusable nonstick liner (Teflon), mound 1/4 cup cheese for each tuile, leaving at least 3 inches between mounds. Bake 5 to 7 minutes until crisp, watching carefully to avoid burning. Remove tuiles from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Set aside.
Mound mâche alongside apples, avocados, and crab in each bowl, and serve with tuile on side. Sprinkle chervil over salad and serve.
From the April 2001 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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