In case I haven’t mentioned this before, my mother (aka The Queen) holds several extremely prestigious degrees: a medical degree, psychology degree, child behavior degree, and last, but not least, a master’s degree in organizing and throwing spectacular dinner parties.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t entertain much anymore – but this recipe – wow – it brings back so many memories….. it was one of those “fancy-pants” dishes that she would make whenever we had company over for dinner – you know, the “no-kids allowed” dinner parties.
The original recipe called for clams, but Sabrina and I love crab (and that’s crab with a “c”, not “k”), so I whipped this up the other night and it tastes exactly as I remembered …… similar to a crab cake but a lot less work….
Extremely un-photogenic but exceptionally delicious…..
Mom’s Crab Appetizer (but made into a casserole)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ½ cup chopped red/yellow pepper (I used roasted peppers, that’s all I had)
- 4 tbs. butter
- 4 tbs. flour
- 1 tbs. parmesan cheese (I left this out)
- 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco or Tapatio)
- 8 oz. lump crabmeat
- ½ cup panko crumbs
- 1 tbs. butter, melted
Cook onion, celery and peppers in butter until tender. Stir in flour, cheese (if using) and season with black pepper and hot sauce. Gently stir in crabmeat. Pour mixture into a greased gratin dish. Combine panko crumbs with butter and sprinkle mixture over crabmeat. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.