If you want to add a little kick to this, you can stir in red pepper flakes before baking…
- ½ lb. mock crabmeat, shredded
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
- ½ cup soft bread crumbs
- ¾ cup half-and-half
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, diced
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 dash garlic powder
- 2 oz. black olives, sliced, for garnish
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, break the mock crab meat into chunks. Add the mayonnaise, 1 cup soft bread crumbs, half-and-half, eggs, cream cheese, onion, olives, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and fold together. Spoon mixture into a 1 quart casserole dish.
- Combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the buttered bread crumbs and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Garnish with olive slices. Top with Monterey Jack cheese then brown or broil until melted and bubbly.
DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.
Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.
INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.
Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.
RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.
- Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
- Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
- Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
- If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
- If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.
Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.