Crab Stuffed Enchilada Bites

These little gems are a great way to sneak a little seafood into your diet. I’ve seen them made with chicken and beef—which is fine—but hey, since Americans need to eat more seafood, why not try substituting the meat with either crab, shrimp, canned tuna or a mild, white fish or your choice. I promise, they’ll be a big hit!

Not sure which seafood to use? If you’re not a big seafood eater, I suggest starting with canned tuna but be sure you drain it well. I like them with crab but just about any seafood works. So give them a whirl and let me know what you used and how they turned out.

Seafood Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Bites
4-6 zucchini
2 cups crab, chopped shrimp, or canned tuna
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup green pepper
1 cup Monteray jack cheese
2-3 jalapeno depending on your preference
4-5 garlic cloves diced
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 Tablespoons paprika
1 lime, juiced
1-2 cups red enchilada sauce
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 can sliced black olives

Shave zucchini with a potato peeler or sharp knife, set aside. Combine all ingredients in one bowl BUT only use  ½ cup of the cilantro, set the rest aside for the topping. Stir ingredients together until well blended using one cup of the enchilada sauce, adding more as needed. You don’t want it too “soupy.” Spread approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture lengthwise on to the zucchini and roll up. Place on nonstick pan—I use a cheesecake pan with side releases. Continue until pan is full. Bake 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Add cheese, bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and sliced olives. Serve with a side of Mexican rice, and maybe corn and or beans. Enjoy!

A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.

Coming up next week on the blog … Best sides for summer seafood: grilled tomatoes, ice-chest corn, Cuban-style beans, caprese salad, stuffed peppers.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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