One of my favorite ways to elevate Shrimp to party fare! If you like Shrimp and Crab (or Scallops) I believe you'll like them prepared this way as much as I do.
The bonus is that prepared this way they are the perfect entree for a special occasion celebration, or dinner party as they can be made up to a day ahead, refrigerated then baked right before serving. A rice dish served along with a simple vegetable can round out the meal.
Baked Crab (or Scallop) Jumbo Stuffed Shrimp
6 Servings (Adjust to make more or fewer servings)
Adapted from 'Gourmet' magazine, 1996
Can be completely assembled up to 24 hours ahead, cover and refrigerate until baking. Increase baking time slightly to compensate for the refrigerator chill.
1 cup chopped mushrooms (about 1/4 pound)
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons minced celery ribs
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound scallops, chopped, or lump crabmeat, picked over
1/2 cup chicken broth
32 Ritz crackers (about two thirds of a 12-ounce package), crushed into coarse crumbs
18 jumbo shrimp (about 2 pounds), shelled, leaving tail and connecting shell segment intact
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Chopped fresh parsley leaves
To Serve: lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 375°F. and butter a large baking dish (or two)
In a large heavy skillet cook mushrooms, onion, celery, garlic, and parsley in butter over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated.
Add scallops or crabmeat and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, 3 minutes. Stir in broth and cracker crumbs and remove skillet from heat.
Butterfly shrimp by cutting lengthwise along inside curve, almost completely through. Split open shrimp and devein. Mound about 2 tablespoons stuffing onto each shrimp, pressing gently, and put shrimp, stuffed sides up, in baking dish.
Melt butter and drizzle over shrimp. Sprinkle shrimp with paprika and bake 20 minutes, or until stuffing is golden.
If desired sprinkle tops with a few additional buttered cracker crumbs and place under broiler for a few moments until golden browned on top. Watch carefully, as they will burn quickly.
Garnish shrimp with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
If you have a chance to try them, I hope you'll let me know if you like them too.