Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Baked Cheesy Seafood Appetizer Recipe

We are huge seafood fans here. If we have a game day gatherings or any movie night, this is always the first  appetizers everyone wants me to make.  Has a great flavor to the sauce.  I usually keep it this on warm in the crockpot if I need to make it ahead of time. Cooking for an hour on high. However the baking in the oven takes as little as 25 minutes. Either way this is a great appetizer for seafood lovers! 


Baked Seafood Appetizer

8 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
2 cloves finely minced garlic 
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup heavy cream or milk, warmed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup sherry
1 1/1/4 cups shredded crab meat
1 cup baby small shrimps cleaned deveined and chopped
1 cup buttery flavored crackers put through a food processor 
1/2 cup shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese 
cooking oil spray

Put crackers in the food processor. Keep around 1/4 cup for the end. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy duty large fry pan. Add peppers saute a few minutes then add the flour. Stir on low heat. Add milk with a whisk to blend. Stir over the low heat until thickens. Whisk in the salt, pepper, sherry and pour into a bowl. Mix in the crab meat, shrimp to the sauce and pour into an oil sprayed baking casserole dish. Top with cracker crumbs and shredded white cheddar cheese. Add the remaining butter to the top and bake uncovered at 350 degrees until top is golden brown around 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with garlic bread, any kind of chips or crackers.

+claudia lamascolo  Author
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