Mostly Homemade Mom

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Grilled Crab Legs for your Summer BBQ!

 This post has been sponsored by Bounty Advanced Paper Towels. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You won't get this amazing sweet smoky flavor with steamed crab legs - try this EASY method for grilled crab legs on your backyard BBQ this summer!

Grilled Crab legs with grilled corn cookout recipe

My husband is becoming increasingly obsessed with all things BBQ lately ever since we purchased a Costco membership. Stroll though the meat department and you'll get what I'm talking about! Anyway, we were discussing some crazy ideas for grilling this summer and he came up with the idea of trying crab legs on the grill. Of course we pulled up Google and it's totally a thing, you guys.

Grilled Crab legs with grilled corn on BBQ

What the WHAT?! Being the steamed crab legs connoisseurs that we are, this was something that needed to be perfected for you all.

Into the cart:

Frozen crab legs, check.

Large tray of sweet Jersey corn on the cob, check.

Gi-huge-ic package of Bounty Advanced paper towels, check.

Shopping trip for grilled steamed crab legs bbq dinner recipe

This was going to be one messy and delicious meal, friends! When we were just dating, we would visit our local Chinese buffet where they offered all-you-can-eat crablegs. It was dangerously close to the apartment where we lived when we were first married, too. You should have seen the mounds of steamed crab - especially on Paul's plate! Needless to say, we got our money's worth out of that restaurant for sure.

Since then, we've realized how to capitalize on seafood sales at the grocery store and we enjoy our own seafood feasts here at home with the kids. Steaming crab in our kitchen is super easy, but I have to say grilled BBQ crab is just as easy and with less dishes to wash afterwards! And the flavor...

Grilled Crab legs recipe for summer BBQ cook out

It's unbelievable, you guys! The typical sweet crab meat combines with the smoky BBQ flavor and it's really out of this world! Plus, the grill tends to dry out the outer shell which makes them easier to crack. You'll still need crackers for the claws - don't forget that claw meat - YUM! 

*Note: if grilling corn along with the crab, place corn cobs wrapped in foil directly on BBQ 5 minutes before grilling the crab legs.

Grilled Crab Legs

  • 4-5 lbs frozen crab leg clusters
  • melted butter, seafood crackers, Bounty Advanced paper towels
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat grill to 350-400 degrees. Separate 2 individual crab legs (to test for doneness).
  2. Place crab legs and clusters directly on grill. Cook for 4 minutes. Flip, then cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Crack open one of the individual crab legs to test if done to your liking. Remove from grill and wrap individual clusters with paper towels to catch juices and keep crab meat warm. Serve with melted butter.

Grilled Crab legs on bbq gas or charcoal grill

If you're looking for something different to do on your gas or charcoal BBQ grill this summer, you've found it! Plus, it will TOTALLY make your neighbors jealous to smell delish seafood wafting through the backyards - better plan on making extra!

Grilled Crab legs picnic table spread with sodas and sliced watermelon for summer

For messy, buttery dinners like this one, great quality paper towels are a must-have! I like to put a roll of Bounty Advanced paper towels on each picnic table for easy access to clean up hands and any spills that might happen. Not only are they Bounty's most absorbent towel (compared to their National Bounty Select-A-Size Towels), they have longer select-a-size sheets, *vs National Market Bounty Select-A-Size) - which are perfect for wrapping cooked crab to keep warm until guests are ready to eat. These are Bounty's newest innovation and are available at Costco. Hopefully the weather cooperates with your BBQ plans and you can eat outside, that way you don't have to worry about anything spilling on the ground! 

Have you ever tried crab legs on the BBQ? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

With a premade graham cracker crust, apple pie filling, and caramel ice cream topping, this is one of the best cheesecake dessert recipes I've ever tried!

Caramel apple cheese cake pie dessert recipe

I love, love, LOVE no bake cheesecakes. They're just so darn easy to make and everyone loves them, especially my kids! Cheesecake is one of the few things Paul will ask about dessert-wise, too, so I tend to make a lot of the no-bake variety for convenience sake.

This cheesecake, though? TOTALLY worth the extra time to bake and set. 

I think I've mentioned on here several times that my favorite desserts are APPLE desserts. I think the obsession started with my Mom's famous apple crumb pie and just grew from there. At restaurants when I'm trying to decide on a dessert, I usually waver between the chocolate choice or the apple choice. And 9 times out of 10, the apple choice is the one I pick! Apple pie, apple cake, apple crisp... I just have to try them all! Plus, the odd time that I do go with the chocolate dessert it's usually because I'm at a buffet and I can cram both onto my plate - ha!

Caramel apple cheese cake pie in graham cracker crust with caramel ice cream topping

While this pie does take added preparation time for the baking portion, I use a premade store bough graham cracker crust and also canned apple pie filling for two time-saving shortcuts. The caramel ice cream topping along with the apple pie filling makes an amazingly sweet topping for this creamy cheesecake pie dessert. You simply have to try this one!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

  • 21 oz can apple pie filling, divided
  • 9 inch graham cracker crust
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel (or vanilla) extract
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
Cooking Directions
  1. Set aside 1/2 cup apple pie filling. Spread remaining filling into the bottom of the prepared graham cracker crust.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and caramel or vanilla extract until well combined and creamy. Spread over apple pie filling in pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes or until center is set and firm. Allow to cool completely.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat reserved apple pie filling and caramel ice cream topping over medium low heat until well combined, only about 2 minutes. Pour evenly over top of cooled cheesecake.
  5. Allow topping to cool about 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Store leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.

Caramel apple cheesecake pie dessert recipe with apple pie filling

I'm one that will totally heat up dessert to go with my coffee after the kids are in bed, but this one is SO GOOD ice cold - it makes a perfect dessert for the warmer months coming up - I can't wait!

Here are some more of my favorite cheesecake dessert ideas:

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