Continuing along on my quest to take advantage of local seafood, I have yet another seafood recipe to tantalize you with today. If you found the Ultimate Party Crab Bites, Hot Havarti Dill Crab Dip and the rather decadent Lobster Poutine a little too much work, I have a rather simple to make Chesapeake Crab Melt that requires minimal effort but has maximum crabby flavor.
For this recipe I’m using the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe which Cuisinart so graciously sent for my review. I’ve been wanting an indoor grill with reversible plates for awhile now, exactly for this purpose.
I used to use two separate appliances for grilling and pancake making which took up way too much precious counter space. Having an appliance that can do both is rather wonderful. Let me show you how it worked with the Chesapeake Crab Melt. So much fun to make!
First you need to get your hands on a crusty loaf of sourdough bread and have it cut nice and thick. Then you need to slather a good amount of butter on it because let’s face it, crispy buttery bread is half the appeal of a melt.
After buttering, be sure to sprinkle a good amount of Old Bay seasoning over top. It adds so much good flavor. It’s a small step with big flavor dividends.
Next, you pile up a heaping mound of the rich crab filling made with two kinds of cheese, roasted red peppers, a bit of hot sauce and a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning.
Using the grill plates, you crank up the heat on the Griddler to high heat, place the sandwiches on the grill and close the lid. You will hear all kinds of snap, crackle and pop which means that a crispy, buttery, crabby sandwich is about to grace your eagerly awaiting plate.
Luckily this happens in a matter of minutes and the end result is a crispy savory messy melt of crabby perfection. Quick to make and clean up is a breeze. A great option for when you want something really decadent but you don’t want the fuss of cleaning up a million kitchen tools.
Speaking of which, the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe plates are non-stick which truly makes things so much easier. It comes with a handy cleaning tool that quickly wipes away anything left behind on the grates.
As far as versatility goes, the Griddler Deluxe is a winner. Thus far I’ve used it for grilling steaks, searing all kinds of things, pancakes (of course), paninis, eggs and the list goes on.
The plates reverse easily and the unit can either work as a press or lie flat for making large batches of pancakes or cooking a bunch of eggs for company.
- 1 loaf of sourdough bread, thickly sliced
- Butter for spreading (be generous)
- 2 tsps Old Bay
- 8oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 8oz sharp cheddar, grated
- ⅓ cup onion, diced
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup roasted red peppers, chopped (see notes)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsps Old Bay Seasoning
- 8oz lump crabmeat, drained (be sure to check for shell fragments)
- hot sauce to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat griddle to high heat.
- Mix all of the filling ingredients except the crabmeat until incorporated. Once it's completely mixed together, gently fold in crabmeat.
- Take two slices of bread and generously spread butter on each slice. Sprinkle Old Bay over butter. Mound up filling on one slice and top with remaining slice. Repeat this process until all sandwiches are made.
- Place on griddle and close top. Grill until golden brown and melty. This takes about 4-5 minutes.
Cuisinart sent a complimentary Griddler Deluxe for my review. All opinions are my own.