Friday, November 11, 2011

Crab & Prosciutto Stuffed Peppers

A couple of weeks ago, we watched a Giada At Home episode in which she made Crab & Prosciutto Stuffed Peppers. We both like stuffed peppers. We both like crab. And we have a stockpile of canned lump crab since we've been buying some whenever GEMD has one of their 'Seafood Stock Up' sales. So we decided to try these stuffed peppers.

They're easy to make. We bought a big bag of peppers at Costco, so I used red, yellow, and orange peppers. I was a bit concerned when I mixed the filling ingredients together because the 2 tablespoons of mayo and 1 egg just didn't seem like enough moisture. I was afraid they were going to dry out in the oven since they were supposed to cook for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees. So I made sure to generously drizzle olive oil over the tops before baking, thinking it might help with the possible  moisture issue.
I also added an extra quarter cup of chicken stock to the pan. These baked for 45 minutes and the peppers were cooked enough for us. Some might prefer a softer pepper.
I was dubious of the cornflakes at first. SP thought it sounded good and raved about some cornflake covered chicken he once had somewhere. Turns out I liked the cornflakes. Maybe like is too strong - more like I barely noticed the cornflakes but possibly would notice if they weren't there. These were tasty. Salty from the prosciutto. Tasty lump crab. Not dried out, although I think they were moister and tastier the second day we ate them. When I reheated them, I didn't put any chicken stock in the pan, but I did loosely cover them with foil. Not tightly, because I didn't want any sort of 'steaming' going on and making them too wet. Just loosely to keep them from drying out and to keep the tops from getting too crispy.

Next time, I might add a bit of lemon zest or lemon juice, just for a little extra flavor. Or maybe just squeeze some lemon on top after cooking. I would definitely add the full 1/4 tsp cayenne like I did this time. Overall, these were quick & easy to put together. They just took some time to cook (45 minutes). They were tasty and reheated nicely.

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