When you hear baked stuff shrimp, what is your first thought? Surf and Turf? A meal choice at a wedding or function? For some reason, it isn't a dish we normally make or order out. Once a year though, baked stuffed shrimp has become a Christmas Eve tradition.
This year, after construction at the house, we lost our Christmas recipes including the baked stuffed shrimp. Remembering we used Ritz crackers and crab meat, the hunt was on to find the recipe. We looked in cookbooks, magazines and even Google...no luck. We finally found 3 recipes that had similar ingredients but were always missing one of the components. Finally, we put them together and this was what we came up with.
Jeff's Baked Stuff Shrimp
20-25 Extra Large Shrimp
2 cups of crushed Ritz Crackers
2/3 cup of melted butter
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of white wine
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasonings or paprika
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
4 ounces of crab meat (shredded)
2 teaspoons of parsley
Split shrimp and remove veins and all shells except for the joint (or tip) of the tail. Rinse. (If frozen, soak in cold water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, it gets rid of the fishy smell)
Combine remaining ingredients to make the stuffing. Stuff centers of shrimp with stuffing mixture. Place shrimp in a buttered casserole dish. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of melted butter over shrimp and stuffing. Bake in 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until shrimp is pink.
The shrimp was delicious, very buttery and melted in your mouth. The picture you see was the second pan we had gone through on Christmas Eve. Twenty-two people were very happy!