February 4, 2011

Crabalicious!!!

Since I didn't get a chance to dedicate a blog on Super Bowl party foods, I thought I would share a recipe for  one of my ABSOLUTE favorite appetizers, crabbies. These were always a staple in our freezer growing up and now they are one in mine.

I asked my a dear friend of mine what he would say to describe crabbies and this is what he came up with...
A delicious and toasty crab treat that is quick and easy to prepare...
and that they are!

***I often double or even triple this recipe, therefore you have plenty on hand in the freezer***

Crabbies
1 stick butter, softened
1 jar Kraft old english cheese
1 can white crab meat, drained
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 package english muffins
  1. In a bowl, mix the butter, cheese, crab meat, garlic powder, and seasoned salt.
  2. Separate the muffins and top each half with a spoon full of the crab mixture and spread.
  3. Put the finished muffins on a cookie sheet and put in freezer for 1 hour. 
  4. Remove from freezer and slice muffins into quarters. Store in freezer bags until ready to use! 
When ready to serve, preheat oven to 400 degrees, cook 10 minutes and then broil until the muffins are browned and cheese is bubbly!

I thought I would stick with the crab theme and share this recipe for stuffed shells. The rich cream sauce gives it such an amazing flavor. If you are looking to impress your loved one this Valentine's Day, this is the way to go!
Crab stuffed shells with spinach cream sauce
16 oz crab claw meat
1 box shells for stuffing
1 egg white
2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
2 cups parmesan, grated or shredded
1 cup asiago, grated or shredded
1 cup shredded mozzarella, for sprinkling
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 bunch/bag fresh spinach
4 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/3 cup olive oil

For the sauce:
1.       Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook until wilted. Chop and set aside.
2.       In a saucepan, melt the butter with the garlic and then add heavy cream. Add desired amount of salt/pepper. I like a lot of pepper. Simmer over med/low heat until desired consistency, add the spinach, asiago and 1 cup of the parmesan. Cook until the sauce thickens about 5 minutes. DO NOT LET SAUCE BOIL.

For the shells :
1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.       Cook noodles according to directions. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Rinse with cool water and set aside.
3.       In a bowl, mix crab, ricotta, cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan, basil, garlic salt, egg white and salt/pepper to taste.
4.       Spoon into shells, arrange in baking dish, top with sauce. Bake for 20 minutes, top with shredded mozzarella and continue baking until brown and bubbly.

DELISH!!!

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS weekend!!!!!!! 
Cheers!

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2 comments:

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Whoa! These are intense! Today for lunch I had a Crabcake BLT sandwich at a local restaurant and thought I had died and gone to heaven! Pretty much had a "When Harry Met Sally" moment, if you know what I mean, in the restaurant! LOVE CRAB!

G. Brian Seel said...

I love these things. Very tasty.

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