Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Crab Stuffing and Lemon Basil Cream


This recipe below is one I adapted from a Paula Deen recipe – and this one I love (especially since I’ve cut some of the fat). Crab-stuffed shrimp, wrapped in bacon, served with a beautiful lemon basil cream? YES!!

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Crab Stuffing and Lemon Basil Cream

Stuffed Shrimp:
8oz lump crabmeat, picked clean
3/4 c Ritz crackers, crushed
2 scallions, tops and whites finely chopped
1/4 c mayonnaise
1 egg, beaten
1 t Worcestershire sauce
2 t Grey Poupon Harvest Country dijon
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t Old Bay
1 t kosher salt
1 1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and butterflied
~3/4 lb bacon, cut into thirds

Lemon Basil Cream:
1 T butter
1/2 a small shallot, minced
1 t minced fresh garlic
1 T flour
1/4 c dry white wine
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 c half and half
2 T fresh basil, finely chopped
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven for 425.

Crab stuffing: Combine crab, crackers, scallions, mayonnaise, egg, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Old Bay. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Stuff into each shrimp. Wrap each stuffed shrimp with bacon and arrange them in a large baking pan (see pic below).

Put the shrimp in the oven and roast until the bacon begins to render and brown, 15-20 min. Switch the oven to broil. Broil the shrimp 2-3 min until bacon is browned.

Sauce: Heat butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until shallot is softened, ~3min. Add flour and cook a couple minutes. Whisk in the wine and simmer for 2 min; then add the half and half. Simmer until reduced by half. Add the lemon juice and basil. Taste for seasoning. Keep the sauce warm over very low heat. Serves 4.

Note: also pictured above are my Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes.



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