Seafood Spectacular

Seafood Spectacular

Prep/ Cook time: 45 minutes

Level of difficulty: moderate

This is by far my very favorite meal of all time. My family usually eats it as a celebratory meal, at graduations or family birthday parties, things like that. But last night I made it just because… because I wanted to blog it! And because I wanted to see Jake’s “this is so darn delicious” face. Success!

This is what you will need to make this dish:

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 You also need a bag of frozen shrimp (medium size, no tail) and a package of fresh white crabmeat. 

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Don’t forget to rinse first!

Ingredients: One 8 oz. cream cheese, one can of cream of mushroom soup, a small block of cheddar cheese, one yellow onion, one green bell pepper, three celery stalks, white or brown rice, medium peeled and deveined shrimp, and a small package of crabmeat. The crab meat and shrimp are a bit pricey, but you can feed several people with this dish, or eat it for more than one meal.

First, preheat your oven to 350*

Now, start your rice. You will need to cook 2 cups of rice as directed on the package. We use brown rice, but white rice is delicious in this dish, too. Also, we prefer rice, but my mom even makes this with fettuccini noodles.

She is going to read this and start making it with rice and never noodles- Mom, we LOVE it with noodles, too! Promise!!

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While your rice cooks, chop your onion, green bell pepper, and celery. I think these vegetables together are referred to as the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking”. I just like to think of them as the start of something good. And what you are starting, my friend, is something very, very good.

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You will want to do this in a food processor or blender to get them all chopped very finely. Remember when I told you that my food processor changed my life? I wasn’t kidding about that. If you’re using one, when you’re finished with this step, wash it, you’ll need it again.

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Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a large (the largest you’ve got) skillet. When butter is melted, add the trinity and spices, sauté for a minute. Then add shrimp to skillet and continue to sauté.

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While the trinity and shrimp is cooking, in a small saucepan, melt 4 tbsp. of butter and your cream cheese on medium heat. I chop my block of cream cheese into 8 squares so that it will melt easier. This will only take about 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, in between stirring shrimp and trinity mixture.

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When cream cheese is melted to a very thick, creamy texture, add to the skillet, along with cream of mushroom soup. Mix well. Add Crab Meat. Mix again.

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When your rice is ready, add it to the skillet. (Seriously, you need to use a big one.) And mix well. I fold the seafood mixture from the outer sides of the skillet into the rice, making sure it is mixed very well. 

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Now, Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.

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Now, hand-grate your block of cheddar cheese or use the cheese-grating tool in your processor.

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Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of the baking dish. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes.

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This dish is best served with salad and bread. Had things been a tad bit less crazy at my house during the making of this dish, you would have seen those two things pictured here. Luckily, this is perfectly filling and delicious all by itself!

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The goodness does ooze up over the cheese in the oven. You’ll learn to love this.

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Shepherd is a fan of crabmeat.. obviously. I love this kid. And I love that he eats like a teenager

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Your family will love you for sharing this with them! I hope you love it as much as we do.

 

Love and Blessings!

From my kitchen

xoxo

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