12 to 16 oz Alaska crabmeat (from 2 to 3 pounds Alaska king, snow or dungeness crab)
1 tbsp butter
1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
8 medium (8 to 9-inch) flour tortillas
8 oz smoked Gouda or pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 (10 oz) jar artichokes, drained and quartered
4 oz bottled or canned Piquillo peppers, drained and sliced
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1/4 c. chopped chives
All you do:
Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Steam or boil frozen crab in a large pot for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through. When cool, use kitchen shears to cut the shells open and remove crabmeat. Chop or shred meat, if desired.
Melt butter in 10- to 12-inch nonstick pan over medium heat. Add jalapeño and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Add crabmeat and warm through. Stir in lemon juice; remove from pan and keep warm.
Wipe out pan; turn heat down to medium-low. In pan, add one tortilla, then layer 2 tablespoons cheese, 3 to 4 oz. crabmeat, one-fourth of the artichokes and Piquillo peppers, 1 tablespoon each of the parsley and chives and another 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with another tortilla, then place a plate (or smaller pan) over the quesadilla. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cheese melts and tortilla is browned. Cut in quarters to serve. Repeat for remaining quesadillas.
Cook's Tip: Alaska Crab is already fully cooked, so thawed crab legs may be shelled without steaming or boiling.