One of my favorite foods during Thanksgiving and Family dinners is cornbread dressing (stuffing), usually enjoyed next to a juicy turkey or succulent collard greens. This twist on the Tampa Bay staple Deviled Crab ads a new twist to dressing that makes for the perfect side item to spice things by adding crab and kick to the party. Feel free to put your spin on it with choice of meats, veggies, and seafood. The pan will disappear fast so make sure you get your corner first! :)
The cooking style of seafood stew varies from city to city, each using their own unique twist. Every coastal area has a signature seafood stew and west coast Cioppino, popular in San Francisco, is one of them. I noticed the similarities to Tampa Style Crab Chilau so I decided to give it a shot, the results were amazing! I used mussels, clams, Dungeness crab and salmon, then served it up with some crusty bread! Click the link for the full recipe!
Our take on the roux based New Orleans style gumbo takes a little longer than our usual 30-minute recipes but you will be delighted at the flavor Chilau Sauce adds with the concentrated "Trinity" flavor in Chilau Gumbo!
If you have never had seafood curry you must try this recipe. Following the same 2:1 ratio as other chilau sauce preparations this recipe features the addition of Coconut Milk and Curry Powder. Feel free to get creative and adjust the meat and veggie to your preference!
24K Mac'n Cheese (Seafood Mac'n Cheese) was an idea I had when thinking about the ultimate side item to bring for Thanksgiving dinner. Special occasions call for the special treatment with lobster, jumbo shrimp, scallops and lump crab meat. The addition of Chilau added the perfect amount of kick and bold flavor! It was a hit! Must try!
This recipe is a spinoff from our cornbread deviled crab recipe but in the form of a meaty crab cake. Use as much blue crab meat as you like! With the addition of Chilau Sauce, it's like a crab cake that already has the hot sauce cooked into the center with that authentic gulf coast flavor!
Tampa Style Deviled Crabs are a unique and delicious street food item that was birthed in Ybor City (Tampa, FL) during the same era that gave Crab Chilau is popularity. This recipe is not intended to mimic that exact recipe but is a new twist on the classic with sweet cornbread interior and the spicy kick of Chilau Sauce and Crab Meat!!!!
I say "cajun style" because this chilau based recipe tastes better than the cajun pasta at your favorite restaurant, and you can make it in 30 minutes in your own kitchen. I went with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage but feel free to Put Your Spin On It!