Crab Stuffed Shrimp

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We eat a lot of shrimp in my house simply because it is really easy to make and pairs great with just about anything. My best friends birthday was last week and she requested I make a shrimp dish for her birthday dinner. Last night, a few friends came over for dinner, dessert, and our favorite of course….wine! It really was a great time with a lot of laughs and I was even able to try out a new recipe.

Ingredients:

2 lbs fresh wild caught shrimp peeled, washed, and deveined

1/2 lb wild caught crab meat (I used claw meat)

1/4 medium sweet onion diced

1 large egg

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake

1 tablespoon old bay (or to taste)

Fresh squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoon butter

Instructions:

Serving size = 6-8 with left overs

In a large bowl with a fork, mix together crab, onion, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, old bay seasoning and lemon juice. Be sure to mash down any large crab pieces and continue mixing until all ingredients are spread evenly throughout mixture. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Peel, devein, and rinse shrimp. Butterfly the backside of each shrimp until they are almost in two pieces, but still attached (it should resemble a heart). Using a small spoon, fill the shrimp with crab mixture, and then lay it down in an oven safe baking dish. Its okay to overfill the shrimp so the crab mixture is overflowing a bit. Once all of your shrimp are stuffed, cut 3 tablespoons of butter into evenly sliced tabs and scatter over top of shrimp. Sprinkle some extra old bay seasoning over shrimp then place in oven for about 10-12 minutes. Check to make sure shrimp are turning pink, they may take a bit longer than usual due to the stuffing. Once all shrimp are pink and crab stuffing is starting to lightly brown they are cooked. Serve over pasta or rice.

Enjoy!!

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