Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hot and Spicy Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

Spice is what it's all about in Cajun cooking. Peppers of all sorts play a large roll in the Acadian French cuisine. The cayenne pepper is perhaps the favorite, with the Tabasco pepper, sharing in equal popularity, among chefs. The jalapeno pepper is used, just as much, if not more, for those who like it hot. And last but not least, is the bell pepper, which adds a spicy sweetness to just about any Cajun dish. Garlic is also huge and considered an essential ingredient. This spicy Cajun favorite can be served as an appetizer or as an entree with a tossed salad and French bread.

Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

5 ounces cream cheese
3 ounces of grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces lump crab meat
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 green onion, chopped fine
juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste
12 large jalapenos, seeded and cut in half
Blanche the jalapenos in a large pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds
Plunge into ice water and drain.
Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crab meat,onions, salt, and lemon juice
in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.
Fill the jalapenos and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Hot, spicy and delicious. Bon Appetit!

1 comment:

Jeff Rasmussen said...

Oh my.. What a great appetizer! I may even make it this weekend!