Thursday, December 27, 2012

Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Crab Meat and Ritz Cracker Crumbs

Coming out of the Oven

I made Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat and Ritz Crackers Crumbs to bring with me to a Christmas Dinner at my husband's favorite sister's house in Florida this year. She was cooking a Prime Rib so I wanted to bring something to compliment what she was cooking in a a "Land and Sea" sort of way. I thought about doing a Shrimp Mac and Cheese but when my husband brought home some beautiful leg crabmeat and some nice shrimp I decided to do a Crabmeat Stuffing on them.

Small but Cute and Tasty

1 Two LB - Bag of the largest Shrimp you can find
1/2 lb Leg Crabmeat
1 1/2 sleeves of crushed Ritz Cracker Crumbs
1/2 small onion finely chopped
4-6 Tbsp butter
1 splash of olive oil

I devein the shrimp and butterfly them laying them out of a greased cookie sheet. Then I saute a finely chopped onion in a little olive oil and butter until it is clear. I add the flaked crabmeat (I use a fork) and toss lightly over medium heat. I add a bit more melted butter 3-4 Tbsp and then add the crushed Ritz crackers. I don't let it cook very much. The stuffing should be moist. I use a tablespoon and mound a bit into the spoon and use my palm to make a little dollup of round fillingness and place it on top of a butterflied raw shrimp. I repeat this until all of the shrimp are stuffed. At this point I melt another Tablespoon or Two of butter and drizzle it all over all the Shrimp. Some people sprinkle a little white wine or sherry but I didn't have any white wine so I didn't do that.

When ready to bake and serve:
Bake them for 20 min in a 350 degree oven. 
You have to be very careful not to let them dry out. 
Serve immediately with cocktail sauce and plenty of lemon.Years ago in my grandmother's day, they used to serve these with drawn butter in a little cup and people dipped the shrimp into the butter. I think we have gotten away from doing that in this day and age but if you are guided to try it, it is the old fashioned way of eating them.

Close Up of Stuffed Crabmeat
and Ritz Crackers on Butterflied Shrimp

Your Tray of Shrimp should look like this
At this point you can cover and refrigerate until ready
to cook and serve. I was bringing these to a party.
Honestly these Shrimp weren't the biggest
but they were big enough and very tasty

I baked them for 20 min in a 350 degree oven.
You have to be very careful not to let them dry out.
Serve immediately

On the Plate - Scrumptious!

You'll never go wrong bringing these to a party. I always bring some Cocktail Sauce and Lemon to serve with them.

Happy New Year Everyone!