Pro Chef Makes Crab-Stuffed Artichokes From Vintage BHG Cook Book

Alexis deBoschnek is back for another episode of Then & Now with a retro seafood recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr

In celebration of 100 years of Better Homes & Gardens, Alexis deBoschnek has been on a mission to recreate some of the Test Kitchen's most iconic recipes. In this episode, the chef tackles fresh artichokes with a crab salad stuffing. "I have to point out that this recipe is in the vegetable section," she says. "Which is comical because this is mostly crab and mayonnaise."

The retro recipe uses canned crab meat to make this process easier. Instead of mixing the mayo and lemon juice separately, deBoschnek opts for combining everything in the same bowl to avoid dirtying another dish. If you haven't cooked artichokes before, use this guide to help get them nice and tender before making this crab-stuffed recipe.


  • 2 cups, flaked and pieces canned crab meat

  • 1 cup swiss cheese, cubed

  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • 5 medium artichokes, cooked


crab-stuffed artichokes

Shirley Cheng

  1. Break crab meat into chunks; toss with cheese, bell pepper, onion, and salt. Blend mayonnaise and lemon juice; add to crab mixture; toss lightly.

  2. Remove small center leaves of each artichoke, leaving a cup. Carefully remove choke. Fill artichokes with crab salad; place in large baking dish. Pour hot water around artichokes to depth of 1 inch.

  3. Cover and bake at 375ºF about 35 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
25g Fat
20g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24.8g 32%
Saturated Fat 7.2g 36%
Cholesterol 80.6mg 27%
Sodium 936.9mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 19.5g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8.5g 30%
Total Sugars 2.4g
Protein 20.1g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 19.8mg 99%
Calcium 295.4mg 23%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 600.3mg 13%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.3g
Vitamin D 1.5IU
Alanine 0.7g
Arginine 1.2g
Ash 4.5g
Aspartic acid 1.3g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 2.6mcg
Choline, total 103.2mg
Copper, Cu 0.6mg
Cystine 0.2g
Energy 1545.4kJ
Fluoride, F 0mcg
Folate, total 160.8mcg
Glutamic acid 2.8g
Glycine 0.7g
Histidine 0.5g
Isoleucine 0.8g
Leucine 1.4g
Lysine 1.3g
Methionine 0.4g
Magnesium, Mg 89.1mg
Manganese, Mn 0.4mg
Niacin 3.1mg
Phosphorus, P 371.6mg
Pantothenic acid 1mg
Phenylalanine 0.8g
Phytosterols 2.8mg
Proline 1.2g
Retinol 71.7mcg
Selenium, Se 29.8mcg
Serine 0.8g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.6g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2.1mg
Tryptophan 0.2g
Tyrosine 0.8g
Valine 0.9g
Vitamin A, IU 327.9IU
Vitamin A, RAE 76.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 58.6mcg
Water 195.1g
Zinc, Zn 3.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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