Cream Cheese and Seafood Stuffed Shells|
These savory shells make a marvelous main dish or appetizer and are surprisingly easy to make. The filling can be spooned into the shells, or it can be piped in with a very large tip and bag for a more decorative finish. Finely chopped imitation crab meat can be used in place of the real crab if desired.
36 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and cooled to room temperature
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound picked over lump crab meat
6 ounces cooked salad shrimp
2 bunches minced scallions
Beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, cayenne, salt, and pepper until smooth. Fold in the crab meat, shrimp, and scallions until evenly combined. Stuff the shells with the mixture and place on a serving dish. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 12 hours before serving.
Makes 6 dinner servings and 12 appetizer servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes