I looked at my husband the other night and expressed my craving for pizza and crab cakes, but I didn't want to make both.
How about crab pizza?
He raised his brow. I sensed his skepticism which made me want to make it all that much more. He suggested we make our pesto pizza for back up.
Just in case.
I agreed but was confident the crab would taste delicious.
In the end, I was right.
My husband uses Bobby Flay's Pizza Dough Recipe. I am looking into a coconut flour recipe for my gluten-free people. Cauliflower crusts are quite popular, but I am unable to eat those. I did find a few gluten-free premade crusts at our local Publix in the frozen section.
The crab mixture is easy with minimal ingredients. I did have a bit of pesto leftover and added a spoonful. Chopped red and yellow peppers add color and flavor to the mixture.
Ready for the oven.
It tasted exactly like a crab cake. The crispness of the crust and saltiness of the crab was the perfect combination. The added peppers give another depth of flavor. And let me tell you, the leftovers were an amazing breakfast.
There is a sprinkle of Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese. Don't be afraid of the cheese/seafood horror show. It's allowed with specific recipes. This particular cheese is a chameleon. It blends with whatever you add it to. I've mentioned it in previous recipes. I didn't use much, and I'd deem it optional.
The pesto pizza was just as delicious. Not everyone loves seafood.
Either pizza works for any gathering or football party.
I live the most healthy lifestyle I can but you know what somedays I want carbs and cheese. I'm not going to shame myself for it.
My body is an evolving creature and what works on Monday doesn't work on Thursday. I keep the medical profession on their toes. But that is for another day. Let's get to the important stuff.
Ingredients for Crab Mix
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
8oz crab lump meat (Pay the extra money for excellent crab meat. Publix and Whole Foods are my choices if you don't have a fresh seafood place near you)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 yellow pepper (chopped)
A spoonful of fresh pesto (optional)
Garlic infused olive oil (you can use light tasting olive oil)
Simply Organic all-seasons salt
In a bowl at crab meat, chopped peppers, squeeze of the lemon, and seasonings. Mix. Taste. If you want more seasonings or lemon add it in. Everyone's palette is different.
With a brush or spoon spread the olive oil over the dough on a pizza pan (we use the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan) covering every inch.
Spread the crab mixture. Allow room for a crust.
Bake for *20 -25 minutes*.
*We use an electric oven. Gas ovens may be different.*
This is why I love cooking.
Experiment with different ingredients. Laugh and share stories with my boys. All of our conversations gravitate to the kitchen. Logan is hopping up in the counter. Plotting world domination. Phil is discussing his day.
It's our happy place.
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