Monday, December 16, 2013

Hot Prawn Appetizer


 A few years ago we had the privilege of employing a family from Quebec.  We were mostly challenged by our languages.  We could not understand French and they could not speak English.
It did not take long for Danielle and I to find a common interest in cooking.  We both laughed as we read labels and compared notes in French and English.  Within a short while we realized that we truly  understood the 'language of food'. This recipe is shared and cherished from her home to my home.  If you are a sea food lover, this dish is for you.  It's a  perfect hot appetizer for that cool night. 

Ingredients 
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp
  • 1/4 pound scallops
  • 1/4 pound crab (imitation crab works great)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 onion greens chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions:
  1. Peel and discard tails from the prawns.
  2. Chop seafood mixture into bite size pieces.
  3. Combine mixture with wine in sauce pan.
  4. Add seasonings.
  5. Take a piece of wax paper and grease one side with butter and place it face down onto the meat mixture. The wax paper keeps the moisture in the sauce pan.
  6.  Let simmer on medium heat till your shrimp begins to turn pink. (5 minutes)
  7. Prepare sauce during this time.
  8. Combine melted butter with flour and milk and cook in microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to avoid any lumps. Sauce needs to become slightly thickened.
  9. Take the wax paper off of meat mixture and combine the sauce with the meat mixture and stir.
  10. Add two onion greens and 1/4 cup fresh parsley to mixture.
  11. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Pour into casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese and cook/broil till the cheese bubbles.
  13. Serve with a fresh baguette.
  14. You can also pour the mixture into various shaped ramekins and serve individually.
Bon Appetit! 

6 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of shrimp but one would think you could use cod or any type of fish, couldn't you. This does look yummy

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Cindy,
    I'm sure you could use cod...but it has a very different flavor than prawns. But that's the fun of cooking, trying new replacements and making your own version so that it tastes good for you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh Marg, seafood, sauce and melted cheese on baguette - it doesn't get any better than this.
    Cindy - just double up on the seafood you do like. That's what I'd do if I didn't love it all.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I make a very similar recipe - without the baking - my family loves it! It would be fantastic on bread too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Darn it - meant to say, that I make a similar recipe as a pasta sauce that my family loves!

    ReplyDelete