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Crab-Stuffed Hangtown Fry Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup cooked crab meat
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Lemon wedges, for serving

Special equipment needed:
- Large non-stick skillet
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk
- Rubber spatula

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper until well combined.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth.

4. In another bowl, mix together the crab meat, green onions, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.

5. Heat the butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

6. Pour half of the egg mixture into the skillet and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is set, about 3-4 minutes.

7. Spoon the crab mixture onto one half of the omelet and fold the other half over the top.

8. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the omelet is cooked through.

9. Slide the omelet onto a plate and repeat with the remaining egg mixture and crab mixture.

10. Serve with lemon wedges.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
Serves 2

Nutritional information:
Calories: 380
Fat: 22g
Carbohydrates: 20g
Protein: 25g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Shrimp or lobster can be substituted for crab meat.
- Chives or scallions can be substituted for green onions.
- Romano or Asiago cheese can be substituted for Parmesan cheese.

- Add diced tomatoes or roasted red peppers to the crab mixture.
- Use a different type of seafood, such as scallops or clams.
- Add diced ham or bacon to the egg mixture.

Tips and tricks:
- Be sure to use a non-stick skillet to prevent the omelet from sticking.
- Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the omelet in half.
- Don't overcook the omelet, or it will become tough.

Storage instructions:
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet over low heat until warmed through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve on a plate with a side of roasted potatoes or fresh fruit.

Garnish with additional chopped parsley or a sprinkle of paprika.

Pair with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc.

Suggested side dishes:
Roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, or a green salad.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the omelet sticks to the skillet, use a rubber spatula to gently loosen it from the bottom.

Food safety advice:
Be sure to cook the omelet until it is fully cooked through to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
The Hangtown Fry is a classic California dish that originated during the Gold Rush. It typically consists of a fried omelet with bacon and oysters.

Flavor profiles:
This dish is savory and rich, with a combination of seafood, cheese, and herbs.

Serving suggestions:
Serve for breakfast or brunch, or as a light dinner.

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Taste: Savory, Rich, Creamy, Briny, Crunchy