Note: If you don’t care for cayenne pepper, cut measurement in half to reduce the spiciness of this dish.
These days, only a few seafood cookbooks list casseroles as a category. This may be because casseroles have become the “poor child” of food preparations, something to be prepared by those with few talents and little culinary taste. Not so! We know seafood casseroles to be an exciting way to prepare seafood. By combining fresh fish or shellfish with cheeses, pungent herbs and fresh vegetables, we find the flavors always to be elegant and the meal — delicious.
Remove any shell or cartilage from crabmeat. In large bowl, mix 1 cup cracker crumbs, lemon juice, Worcestershire, onion, Tabasco, cayenne, mustard, parsley, margarine, milk, salt and pepper. Gently mix in crabmeat. Place in lightly greased 1-quart casserole. Combine crumbs and 2 tablespoons melted margarine. Spread over top of crab mixture. Bake at 375 F for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Serves 6.
Contributed by Joyce Taylor