Recipe: 'Txangurro' or Basque Stuffed Crabs

By: Rachelle Lucas


From this month's celebrity chef, Jim Shirley, we have a recipe that's easier to make then it is to pronounce.

Anything made with crab is a real crowd pleaser and this dish would make a great appetizer for the holidays. As Chef Jim says, "It's from the Basque region and is perfect for new Florida cooking. Viva 500!"

Check out the video on WCTV for a live demonstration on how to make these stuffed crabs and to learn how to pronounce "Txangurro" to impress your friends during your next cocktail party.

Basque Stuffed Crabs Recipe


4 crab shells

1 pound Florida blue crab meat, picked for shells

3 ounces Spanish extra virgin olive oil

1 pint grape tomatoes, split

2 onions, diced

8 cloves garlic, minced

1 small poblano pepper, minced 

4 ounces Bontani Moscatel (a Spanish white wine)

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes

4 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs

4 tablespoons butter  

½ cup Jerez brandy


In a sauté pan, heat oil and sauté onions and tomatoes until onions are translucent. Add garlic and poblano. Sauté for 1 more minute. Add wine, parsley, smoked paprika, and Aleppo pepper flakes. Cook on medium for 10 minutes. Stir in crab and sauté for 2 more minutes. Pack shells with meat and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and butter and brown in oven. Flame brandy and pour over crabs while still on fire. Pour up some Bontani, call in the Conquistadors and fall to.

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