Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Recipe Files}: Baked Crab Stuffed Salsa Avocados

That title's a mouthful isn't it? But, so is this recipe! It's really quick and easy to throw together, and the flavors are awesome!!

What You Need:
~3 or 4 avocados *
~2 6 oz. cans shredded crab meat, drained
~1/2 C plain breadcrumbs (I might try Panko in the future for a little extra crunch)
~1 tsp minced garlic
~3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
~1 tsp dried basil (or 1Tbsp fresh, chopped)
~2 Tbsp lemon juice
~salt and pepper to taste
~a few Tbsp of salsa of your choice (I used Herdez Mild as it's one of our favorites--found in the Hispanic food aisle)

What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Get out a baking sheet and either spray or use a nonstick baking mat.

2. While the oven is heating up, get a medium sized bowl and add in the bread crumbs, garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Then add in the crab meat and mix together.
3. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.

4. Spoon salsa into the hole where the pits were, then cover the avocados with the crab mixture. It's ok to pile this on top pretty well.
There may be some leftovers of the crab meat mixture. You can either bake it on the side (on the baking mat) or just pile it on the avocados.

5. Bake for about 5-7 minutes, until the top gets a light brown color to it.

6. Serve up each half. We had ours with a side of roasted balsamic brussel sprouts which were amazingly delicious, too! 
We each ate 3/4 of a whole avocado (so 1/2, plus half of the second half) and both had the same sized portion for leftovers for lunch (which heated up well the next day).

*I think you could easily spread the crab mixture over 4 avocados, they just won't be piled as high with the crab mixture which is ok.

If you choose to make this with the brussel sprouts, my advice is to make the brussel sprouts first since they take longer, then up the oven temp and cook the avocados last.

There you have it--easy, tasty, and healthy! Win-win-win!! Definitely a great Spring and Summer meal!
*This recipe was adapted from a recipe on Mele Cotte website*

30 comments:

  1. I was waiting for this recipe ever since you posted it on instagram - all i can say is yum! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. This sounds so delicious. I would have never thought to pair these ingredients together, but I definitely want to give it a try now!

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  3. Cannot WAIT to try this yummy meal! :)

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  4. These look so fancy! I would have guessed you got them at a restaurant if I didn't see you snapping them while cooking! So yummy! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amazing and I am so excited to give this a try! I just love trying new, interesting recipes and I bet this is full of flavor!

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  6. YUM! My husband would absolutely love these!!!

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  7. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. oh my god this is everything i love - seafood and avocado - all rolled into one haha. thanks for sharing!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. Mark would be all over this recipe! Forwarding it to him!

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  10. Yes yes yes I will definitely be trying this! YUM!

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  11. I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds so good! All my favorite things in one!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  12. This recipe is like all of my favorite things in one recipe! I am SO excited to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. This looks amazing! But since I'm allergic to seafood, I'll have to swap out the crab meat for some chicken. YUM! :-D
    Green Fashionista

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  14. Looks good and easy - two requirements for me as we head into the summer!

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  15. I sure wish I loved seafood. I always love the idea of it, but I just don't like it for some reason and I want to so badly! The avocado part looks divine, though! I can tear up some avocados!!

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  16. STOP this looks AMAZING and I think my husband would worship the ground I walk on if I made this for him! haha yum!!

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  17. Okay this looks so good and even better I am shocked SO EASY! My husband hates seafood but I think I am making this anyway! :-)

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  18. That sounds so delicious! We once went to a wedding that had an avocado bar, and this sounds so similar to that concept! Needless to say everything was delicious, so I'm sure that these are just as good!

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  19. I was JUST looking at this same recipe on Friday and we ended up making crab cakes, so this will be saved and ready for my next crab dinner!

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  20. I wish I was a seafood eater. I am such a weirdo, I am from New Orleans! But I do eat boiled crawfish and charbroiled oysters...maybe I need to try this anyway!

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  21. I loveeee crab. So I'd probably love these!! :)

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  22. These look amazing!! I may have to make them.

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  23. This looks so good girl and definitely sounds healthy!

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  24. Yum!! We love crab so this would be a nice thing to try!

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  25. Oh my gosh this looks incredible! Crab is seriously my favorite! :)

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  26. This sounds amazing! I've never thought to stuff avocados....and brussels sprouts are my new favorite veggie!

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  27. this really does look and sound amazing, i never thought to stuff avocados. pinning it!

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  28. These sound delicious! I should definitely try these, but would have to make them for myself! DG doesn't like crab OR avocado! :) xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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