Sweet Corn and Crab Puffs

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This sweet corn and crab puffs recipe will have you and your guest’s mouths salivating because they combine heavenly pepper jack cheese with crab meat, red bell pepper and spices. The mixture produces light and fluffy, biscuit-like morsels that are perfect for eating as a snack or hors d’oeuvres if you are looking for easy party appetiser recipes. Melissa, the author of Melissa’s Southern Kitchen recipe blog, came up this puffs recipe and proves that baking and pastry don’t have to be sweet all the time. The combination of crab, cheese and spices, make this an addictive bread to have alongside soup or stew or enjoy bites of over the holidays. Melissa uses pepper jack cheese, which is a form of Monterey jack cheese but has the addition of spicy chilli peppers. Use Monterey jack cheese rather than pepper jack if that is all you can find. A pinch or so of cayenne pepper can be added for fiery kick. The cayenne pepper will add an undertone of spice without making this crab puffs recipe overly spicy.

Crab meat is expensive, which is why this sweet corn and crab puffs recipe is so perfect because it shows how a small amount of crab can serve a lot of people. In total, the dough uses one and a half cups of crab lump meat and makes forty-eight pieces, which means you can feed a lot of people the delicate taste of crab without going overboard. Crab meat may be purchased frozen or in cans, so you have your choice of what kind you enjoy most. If you have lobster meat on hand, you can use that instead too, or even substitute with chopped poached shrimp. Whatever meat you choose, this crab puffs recipe will be a fun food to make any day of the week.

If you have been asked to make homemade bread for a get-together, but don’t want to go through the challenges of kneading and resting the dough, this puffs recipe is an excellent replacement. Rather than mixing a dough or waiting for fermentation and rising times to pass, you can combine everything and divide it between mini muffin tins for individual bites as Melissa’s crab recipe says. Alternatively, you could turn these into larger muffin-like biscuits by dividing the mixture between large muffin tins and adjust the baking time accordingly. The fluffy interior will be perfect for slathering with butter, just as you would with a homemade biscuit or bread. For an extra special touch, a homemade compound butter would be wonderful, filled with freshly chopped herbs like parsley, tarragon or cilantro. Just mix soft butter with your choice of herbs and spices, place in a dish and place in the refrigerator to harden. If serving as the bites, Melissa recommends serving with a spicy aioli as a dipping sauce.

The next time you require fun and easy baking recipes, choose this crab dish which is full flavoured and very fast and easy to make. The dough requires two bowls to mix, but once that happens, Melissa makes things simple by having you scoop the batter into the mini muffin tins using a small cookie scoop. The cookie scoop will be excellent because it will help you get even-sized bites and won’t make your hands or counter messy as with the usual biscuits. Cookie scoops are excellent for dividing up cookie dough or making truffles too, so even if you have to invest in one to do this recipe, it won’t be a waste. Thank you to Melissa, the author of Melissa’s Southern Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her sweet corn and crab puffs recipe with us.

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