February 4, 2014

Crab Stuffed Flounder

Hi guys!  I have another delicious recipe to share and this one is SO long overdue.  I am actually torturing myself right now because I am on day four of a twenty-day raw food cleanse.  My mouth is literally watering looking at these pics. Lol! I made this fish over the holiday, it was such a huge hit with my crew. This is one of those easy and fancy dishes that will impress whoever you make it for.  And with Valentine's Day being 10 days away – this couldn't have come at a better time.  :)
 
Ingredients:
 
8 Flounder Fillets
1 Large {16 Ounce} Can of Fresh Crab Meat {I used claw meat, but jumbo lump would be divine!}
1/2 Large Red Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped
1 Medium Onion, Finely Chopped
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
2 Tablespoons Butter
3-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
4 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Egg, Beaten
1/4 Cup Mayo {or sour cream}
1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
 
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
 
{Finely dice your onion and pepper.}

{In a large skillet, melt your butter and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.}
 

{Over medium heat, sauté your onions, peppers and garlic until they are soft and caramelized.}
 

{Rinse and drain your flounder.  You could use any fresh fish here, really. Salmon would be really good!} 

 

{Here is the crabmeat I used. It's claw meat, which you know if you've seen my other recipes with crab {like this one, YUM!}, it's my favorite to use.  It really has SO much flavor.  Jumbo lump crab meat is a little more expensive, but of course can be used instead.}

{While your onions, peppers and garlic are caramelizing, season with salt and pepper.}


{Using the garlic powder, onion powder and 1-2 tablespoon of the old bay, lightly season your fish on both sides.}

{Lay your seasoned fish out on an oiled baking sheet.}

{Take your onions, peppers and garlic off the heat.}


{Using a small knife, gently score the fish down the middle, being careful not to cut all the way through.  With your fingers, create a long well to stuff the fish.}

{To a bowl, add the crabmeat and onions/peppers/garlic mixture.}

{Add in your breadcrumbs...}

{And your mayonnaise. If you are not a fan of mayonnaise, feel free to use sour cream.  You may need to drizzle in some olive oil to help bring everything together.}

 

 
{Next, add in your beaten egg, 2 tablespoons of old bay and parsley}
  

{Mix well to combine.}


{Generously fill the well you created with the crabmeat mixture.}


{Once they are all stuffed, drizzle with a bit of olive oil to aid in the browning and sprinkle on some dried parsley {to aid in the prettiness! :)}

{Bake these in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. AMAZING!}


{The top will get slightly crispy from both the olive oil drizzle and the breadcrumbs.  The presentation of this dish is quite stunning.  I told you, you will impress your guests with this one!}


{I served ours with my baked macaroni and cheese {I used orecchiette pasta this time.... and one word: PERFECT!... but decadent.  A vegetable should have also been served.  But like I said, it was around the holidays and boy did we indulge... and I loved every minute. :)}
 
Let me know what you think! And if you plan to try this one.  I love when you guys make and enjoy my dishes. ♥
 
xoxo, thanks for reading!

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