Quick Family Recipes: Smoked Crab Quesadillas

April 13, 2010

Crab meat is so delicious (and nutritious!), and every time I make something with it, Hayden ends up eating big chunks of it right out of the pan.  These quesadillas made me feel like I was in Cabo, sans the margarita.  I’ll have to say, though, my Frontier Red (lot 81) complemented the smokey flavor nicely.

3/4 lb fresh crab, picked and shell fragments removed*
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbs canola oil
salt
1 bag shredded smoked cheddar or gouda blend**
12 corn tortillas
canola spray or butter

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and bell pepper, cook until just tender.  Add crab meat, stir another 2-3 minutes.  Salt lightly, and remove from heat.  Using a griddle or large skillet or cook outside on the grill, lightly spray with canola and assemble quesadillas using corn tortillas, shredded cheese, and a spoonful of crab mixture.  Cook until lightly browned on both sides.  Delicious served with a smokey hot sauce like Tapatío or Tabasco Chipotle sauce.

* In LA, I am able to get great fresh Dungeness crab, already prepared.  You should be able to get either fresh crab or lump crab at your local fishmonger or grocer.

**I found a great blend of smoked gouda, cheddar, and provolone at Trader Joe’s.

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3 Responses to Quick Family Recipes: Smoked Crab Quesadillas

  1. mepsipax on April 14, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Oh my god…you are a foodie…this could get bad. This sounds great.

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  2. pattypunker on April 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    love, love, love crab and quesadillas. i’m all over this recipe.

    ps: thanks for adding me to your blogroll. did the same for you on my blog. xoxo

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  3. Scott Meadows on April 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Dem’s Delicious!

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