Summer always has me craving fresh vegetables and seafood. It was crab season, and so I decided to take advantage of this by making Giada de Laurentis’s crab and prosciutto stuffed peppers! This recipe is super easy and pretty much fool-proof! Make the stuffing by combining crab meat, crushed cornflakes, an egg, sliced prosciutto (I hacked away at the thin slices with scissors), scallions, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I like to simplify my life, and so instead of buying 500g of crab meat like Giada says, I used only 300g, and the peppers were fully stuffed. I also used breadcrumbs instead of crushed cornflakes, because I didn’t want to be left with a whole box of cereal that I’d never eat, I used red onion instead of scallions, and red chili paste instead of cayenne. These substitution were fine, and I’m sure the quality of the meal didn’t suffer.
Cut the peppers in half, remove stems and seeds etc, and stuff. Stick in a tray and add some chicken stock to the bottom (about 1cm deep). Then bake at 400F for 45min! This leaves you plenty of time to make your side dishes. I chose to serve mine with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes.
Go make this tonight!! It was delicious! FYI, you might want to make this for someone you’re comfortable with. NOT for a first date. Giada’s stuffed peppers unfortunately have to join the list of things you should probably not eat on a first date which includes french onion soup (endless stringy cheese), sushi (can’t cut the sushi, have to stuff the whole thing in your mouth, leaving you to mumble answers to your date’s questions while frantically chewing with chipmunk cheeks full of raw fish and rice), kabobs of any kind (you know how you push the meat off the skewer with a fork? I don’t know about you, but my meat always goes flying) and the obvious ones like ribs (sauce everywhere), crab/lobster (hard to look graceful while breaking the exoskeleton of your shellfish) etc etc. This meal may seem first-date-friendly, but the peppers become soft when cooked, and kept comically slipping off the fork mid-way to mouth lol. So make it for someone with whom you can have some laughs!