Crab & Shrimp Casserole

Sometimes you need a quick recipe…but it needs to make a BIG STATEMENT…and this little recipe does it all!  It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to bake, and you have a DELICIOUS little seafood dish that looks sooooo impressive.  I like to serve this on scallop shells for an extra nice touch…but you can serve it on a dinner plate alongside your side items and it will be just as great!  Try it tonight…you still have time!

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CRAB & SHRIMP CASSEROLE

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1 medium onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 stick butter

1 cup bella mushroom caps, diced

1 teaspoon ground “Carolina Seafood Blend Spices” (find this at Fresh Market…it is in a glass spice-blender jar…grind this up fresh)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce

1/4 cup dry sherry

1 pound medium-large shrimp (use the precooked, peeled and de-veined shrimp in the freezer section to save LOADS OF TIME), remove the tails and dice the shrimp

1 pound lump crabmeat, picked thru for shells

plain bread crumbs

1 can cream of mushroom soup

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In a large frying pan, melt the butter and saute the onion, bell pepper and celery until the onion is translucent.  Add the diced mushrooms, seafood spices, salt, pepper, Worchestershire sauce…cook until the mushrooms are soft and the onions are a light brown color.  Add the dry sherry and bring to a slow boil for a few minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.  In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the shrimp and crabmeat.

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Grease a small casserole dish ( 9 x 11 is good) and sprinkle a thin layer of bread crumbs on the bottom of the dish, then half of the shrimp and crab mixutre, then half of the vegetable mixture, then half of the can of cream of mushroom soup…spread the soup across the top as evenly as possible.  Make your second layer the same way….bread crumbs, shrimp and crab, vegetables and the remaining soup.  Sprinkle on a final layer of the bread crumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until lightly bubbling.  Serve in scalloped shells for a pretty presentation.

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P.S.  Don’t forget to give your little doggie a tiny bit of the shrimp and crabmeat mixture before you have added it to your casserole ingredients.  There are onions in this, which cannot be safely consumed by doggies…so PLEASE make sure to share a bit of the seafood mixture with them BEFORE you complete the dish…they will LOVE this little treat!  (Millie wrote this part!)

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Bone appetit!

 

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