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Alaska Crab and Artichoke Quesadilla

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Alaska Crab and Artichoke Quesadilla

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

  • 12 to 16 oz. Alaska Crabmeat (from 2 to 3 pounds Alaska King, Snow or Dungeness crab)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 8 medium (8 to 9-inch) flour tortillas
  • 8 oz. smoked Gouda or pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) artichokes, drained and quartered
  • 4 oz. bottled or canned Piquillo peppers, drained and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives

Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Steam or boil frozen crab in a large pot for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through. When cool, use kitchen shears to cut the shells open and remove crabmeat. Chop or shred meat, if desired.

Melt butter in 10 to 12-inch nonstick pan over medium heat. Add jalapeño and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Add crabmeat and warm through. Stir in lemon juice; remove from pan and keep warm.

Wipe out pan; turn heat down to medium-low. In pan, add one tortilla, then layer 2 tablespoons cheese, 3 to 4 oz. crabmeat, one-fourth of the artichokes and Piquillo peppers, 1 tablespoon each of the parsley and chives and another 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with another tortilla, then place a plate (or smaller pan) over the quesadilla. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cheese melts and tortilla is browned. Cut in quarters to serve. Repeat for remaining quesadillas.

Chef's Tip: Alaska Crab is already fully cooked, so thawed crab legs may be shelled without steaming or boiling.

Nutrients per serving: 681 calories, 30g total fat, 14g saturated fat, 39% calories from fat, 135mg cholesterol, 42g protein, 61g carbohydrate, 11g fiber, 1498mg sodium, 499mg calcium, and 440mg omega-3 fatty acids.

 

RECIPE AND PHOTO COURTESY OF ALASKA SEAFOOD

In this recipe: Wild-Caught Alaska Crab 

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