Crestview woman's poppers recipe takes national contest's top prize

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Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

Crestview resident Sherri Williams has won a national pasta cooking contest.

The National Pasta Association Pasta Fits program's Pasta Presto contest asked consumers nationwide to submit entries for the chance to win $1,500.

Judges selected three finalists, including Williams' Couscous Crab Pearl Pepper Poppers. An Oklahoma woman and a California woman also qualified, but most Pasta Fits Facebook fans voted for Williams' recipe, which is listed below.

Pasta Fits, a culinary education program, celebrates delicious, healthy and budget-conscious meals.

Couscous Crab Pearl Pepper Poppers

5-ounce box pearled couscous, mixed basil and herb

8 ounces crab meat

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

juice of 1 lemon

¼ cup tablespoons pimentos, chopped

¼ cup gourmet peppers, chopped

2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

20 peppeadew peppers


Cook couscous according to package; allow cooling.

Combine crab meat, two-thirds of the olive oil, lemon juice, pimentos, gourmet peppers, parsley and pepper flakes in a mixing bowl.

Stuff peppers with couscous filling. Chill until ready to serve, and drizzle with remaining olive oil.

Makes 20 poppers.

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