Course: Appetizer

Firecracker

Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

An Appetizer With Firecracker Power!

Google “Firecracker Shrimp” and you will be busy scrolling through hundreds of different incarnations of this dish. It all depends on exactly how “spicy” you want it and how fresh the seafood purchase.

The reason we love this fun, fresh, spicy and very delicious recipe is because the ingredients are so simple and who doesn’t almost always have a packet of Eggroll/Springroll wrappers in the freezer? Always start your fish and seafood meals with the fresh items you can find everyday at Motts Channel Seafood.

This can be served as an appetizer or double it up with some tasty sides and call it dinner…it’s all good to us!

Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

Recipe courtesy of steamykitchen.com.

Want more great recipes like this?  Visit Alison’s Recipe Box by clicking here.

Firecracker
Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Firecracker
Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For Marinade
Cornstarch "paste"
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in bowl, marinate shrimp for 20 minutes.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Wrap each shrimp in a eggroll/springroll wrapper half. (see instructions above) Seal with cornstarch paste.
  3. Fry in hot oil (375) for 3 minutes, until golden brown and shrimp is cooked through. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

The reason we love this dish so much is because the ingredients are so simple and who doesn't almost always have a packet of Eggroll/Springroll wrappers in the freezer? Always start your  fish and seafood meals with the fresh items you can find everyday at Motts Channel Seafood. Want more great recipes like this?  Visit Alison's Recipe Box by

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Puff Pastry Shells

Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells

Enjoy these Puff Pastry Shells.

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother’s Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

For more great recipes visit Alison’s recipe box by clicking here. Send us your recipes by emailing mottschannel@gmail.com.

Puff Pastry Shells
Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells
Print Recipe
Servings
12 servings
Servings
12 servings
Puff Pastry Shells
Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells
Print Recipe
Servings
12 servings
Servings
12 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bake the pre-made pastry shells according to the package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Set 12 shrimp aside for garnish.
  3. To a food processor add the remaining shrimp and pulse until they are broken up.
  4. Add the avocado, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, chives, dill, cilantro, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the filling and pipe into the cups.
  6. Top each with 1 cooked shrimp and small sprig of fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother's Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Irish_scallop_bisque

Irish Scallop Bisque

Irish Scallop Bisque

Here is a wonderful recipe for Irish Scallop Bisque.

According to beyondmeresustenance.com, a bisque is traditionally a cream and shellfish based soup of French origin. The mirepoix base in this one really bumps up the flavor, and the use of prepared shellfish stock makes this quick and easy. The author strongly recommends using an immersion blender to purée the soup as pouring hot soup into a blender is messy and can be dangerous.

Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It’s perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad…

If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.

Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com.

For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/

Irish_scallop_bisque
Irish Scallop Bisque
Print Recipe
Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
Irish_scallop_bisque
Irish Scallop Bisque
Print Recipe
Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Ingredients: 8 large, fresh Motts Channel Seafood scallops olive oil to drizzle 1 quart seafood stock (4 cups) - click here for any easy recipe 3 stalks celery 2 medium carrots 1 large potato russet preferred 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white wine (see notes) 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh 1 cup half and  half fresh chives for garnish sea salt and fresh ground pepper  Instructions 1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and sauté over medium heat the onion, carrots, celery and potato. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dry white wine and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Slowly add seafood stock, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  3.   3. Turn off the heat, remove celery stalks, bay leaves and thyme and puree the mixture with a blender until smooth. Return the bisque to low heat, add half and half, stirring. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Sear scallops about 2 minute on each side. Remove and set aside.
  5. 5. Serve the bisque in bowls, adding scallops on top and sprinkle with some fresh chopped chives
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Charbroiled

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

The world celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday and with the Winter oyster season nearing its end we thought we’d share a New Orleans inspired recipe we think you’ll love that involves charbroiled oysters…yum!

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969 in Metairie, Louisiana. Owners Drago and Klara Cvitanovich are part of a close-knit Croatian community that has thrived in New Orleans since the 1800s.

Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades. Like most other people in the oyster business, he was a Croatian immigrant. When he opened his restaurant in the 1970s, he kept his ties with his countrymen down the river, and as a result always had the best oysters available.

Drago’s son Tommy, who now runs the restaurant, created this dish in the early 1990s. It became wildly popular, and restaurants all over town now copy the dish. It’s simple enough.  Don’t attempt this without freshly-shucked oysters and an outdoor grill.

Yields 6 oysters (consider doubling or tripling as needed).

Posted February 27 2017

Recipe published online at www.nolacuisine.com. For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.

Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
Print Recipe
Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
Print Recipe
Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Oysters
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. For the sauce: Mix together all of the ingredients. For the oysters: Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very, very hot. Place the oysters on the hottest spot on the grill and let them cook in their own juices for a few minutes, just until they start to bubble and the edges curl.
  3. Top each with a generous portion of the sauce, enough to fill up the shell. When the sauce starts to bubble and sizzle sprinkle each oyster with about a Tbsp of Pecorino Romano. Let the Oysters go until the sauce on the edges of the shells gets nice and brown.
  4. Garnish with minced Parsley.
  5. Serve while still sizzling with Lemon wedges and fresh bread.
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Shrimp_Chowder

Quick Shrimp Chowder

Quick Shrimp Chowder

This shrimp chowder offers a fast, easy and delicious meal idea that can refuel all you tired shoppers. Comfort food at its finest!

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Serves 6

If you are looking for delicious new recipes for your fresh fish or seafood purchase, look no further than Alison Long, co-owner of Motts Channel Seafood. She’s opened up her multi-generation recipe box, and has partnered with local culinary experts, to bring you some dinner inspiration.

Got a recipe you’d like to share? Click here to email your recipes and we may add it to Alison’s Recipe Box!

“Sea” more great fish and seafood recipes in Alison’s Recipe Box by clicking here.

Shrimp_Chowder
Quick Shrimp Chowder
Print Recipe
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Shrimp_Chowder
Quick Shrimp Chowder
Print Recipe
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pour broth into a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH 1 minute. Combine broth, thyme, and black pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, and simmer.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot mixture and shrimp into broth mixture; cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cream; cover and simmer 4 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Here is a fast, easy and delicious meal idea that can refuel all you tired shoppers.

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Serves 6

"Sea" more great fish and seafood recipes in Alison's Recipe Box by clicking here.

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Roasted-oysters-pancetta

 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs

Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs

For easy prep this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won’t want to forget these are baking away while you’re greeting guests.

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit:  John Autry

Serves 6

“Sea” more great fish and seafood recipes in Alison’s Recipe Box by clicking here.

Roasted-oysters-pancetta
 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs
Print Recipe
For easy preppy this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests. Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry Serves 6
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Roasted-oysters-pancetta
 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs
Print Recipe
For easy preppy this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests. Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry Serves 6
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Combine nuts and bread in a mini food processor; process until coarsely ground.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta and sauté for 2 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in pine nut mixture, parsley, and black pepper.
  5. Carefully arrange oysters in a single layer on a broiler pan, and spoon 1 tablespoon bread mixture onto each oyster.
  6. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until oysters are opaque.
  7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

For easy prep this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests.

"Sea" more recipes in Alison's Recipe Box by clicking here.
Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit:  John Autry

Serves 6

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Pumpkin_oyster_soup_Motts

Pumpkin Oyster Soup

Pumpkin Oyster Soup

We couldn’t let “Pumpkin Season” go by without sharing a seafood dish that incorporates this delicious fall treat. This soup is sure to warm you on a crisp fall day.

For more delicious seafood recipe ideas visit Alison’s recipe box by clicking here.

Recipe published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Pumpkin_oyster_soup_Motts
Pumpkin Oyster Soup
Print Recipe
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Pumpkin_oyster_soup_Motts
Pumpkin Oyster Soup
Print Recipe
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Reserving liquor, drain oysters; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring so that flour browns but does not burn, about 1 minute longer.
  3. With a whisk, beat in stock, half-and-half, pumpkin purée and reserved oyster liquor. Add oysters and, stirring frequently, bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Making sure there are two oysters in each, ladle soup into shallow bowls.
  5. Garnish with chives and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Pumpkin Oyster Soup

We couldn't let "Pumpkin Season" go by without sharing a seafood dish that incorporates this delicious fall treat. This soup is sure to warm you on a crisp fall day.

For more delicious seafood recipe ideas visit Alison's recipe box by clicking here.

Recipe published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
mexican shrimp cocktail Motts Channel Seafood

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

mexican shrimp cocktail Motts Channel Seafood
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Print Recipe
This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is for those that want to add some bold flavors to their traditional cocktail sauce. Recipe and photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
mexican shrimp cocktail Motts Channel Seafood
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Print Recipe
This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is for those that want to add some bold flavors to their traditional cocktail sauce. Recipe and photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Stir garlic, red onion, and cilantro. Mix in tomato and clam juice cocktail, ketchup, lime juice, hot pepper sauce, and horseradish. Season with salt. Gently stir in avocado.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Serve in one large bowl or ladle into individual bowls.
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
canape shrimp mottos recipe

Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches

Super easy. Extra delicious. Great for parties both indoor and out.

Recipe adaptation and photo credit:  Natasha’s Kitchen via yummily.com

Makes 21 sandwiches.
canape shrimp mottos recipe
Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches
Print Recipe
Servings
21 sandwiches
Servings
21 sandwiches
canape shrimp mottos recipe
Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches
Print Recipe
Servings
21 sandwiches
Servings
21 sandwiches
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Rinse the cooked shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Peel shrimp and coarsely chop into small peaces. Transfer shrimp to a medium bowl.
  2. Chop parsley and dill, mince garlic and transfer to the mixing bowl. Add in the rest of your spread ingredients: 1 cup cheese, ½ cup mayo. Stir it all together and you have your spread.
  3. Cut your bread into ½-inch slices. Spread the mixture generously over the bread slices, place it in the oven at 350˚F to melt the cheese and sizzle the shrimp a tad (8-10 minutes).
  4. To serve: you can jazz these up by adding a sautéed shrimp over the top, but its completely unnecessary and just as good without it ;)
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
buffalo shrimp

10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip

10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip
Print Recipe
This is a new, ultra flavorful take on an old favorite - shrimp instead of wings. This dish cooks up even faster than wings for a fast appetizer or dinner option. Enjoy! Recipe credit:  Food.com as adapted from Redbook Magazine Image credit: Chef #1323213
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip
Print Recipe
This is a new, ultra flavorful take on an old favorite - shrimp instead of wings. This dish cooks up even faster than wings for a fast appetizer or dinner option. Enjoy! Recipe credit:  Food.com as adapted from Redbook Magazine Image credit: Chef #1323213
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine first six ingredients to make blue cheese dip; cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp, tossing to coat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil, butter and hot sauce. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle blue cheese dip with parsley; serve with shrimp.
  5. Serve with carrot and celery sticks on side if desired.
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Oysters with a Classic Mignonette Recipe

Oysters with a Classic Mignonette

Oysters with a Classic Mignonette
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Oysters with a Classic Mignonette
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Let this mixture rest for 20 minutes to slightly soften shallots.
  2. Serve this on the side with a small spoon. This vinegar mixture makes about 1¾ cups and can be made a week in advance.
Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Smoky_Salmon_Dip_1000 doug

Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip

Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, process the cottage cheese until smooth. Add the cream cheese and whip until thoroughly combined and creamy.
  2. Transfer the cheese mix to a bowl. Fold in the salmon, green chiles, Old Bay, garlic powder, smoke seasoning, and about 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Taste the dip; add more smoke 1-2 drops at a time until the desired flavor is reached (it's very easy to overdo it, so be cautious.) Add more black pepper, if desired.
  4. Chill at least 30 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped chives or dill (fresh or dried) before serving.
Recipe Notes

Look for a liquid smoke that has an absolute minimum of ingredients -- usually just water, natural smoke flavoring, and a preservative (a small amount of coloring is acceptable, if necessary.) Two excellent brands are Wright's and Haddon.

 

Recipe Credit: Doug DuCap.  Photo Credit:  Food.com

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Deviled_Eggs_w_Shrimp_1000 doug

Shrimp Deviled Eggs

Shrimp Deviled Eggs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Deviled Eggs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Instructions
  1. Cook the eggs by placing them in a large covered pot (preferably in a single layer.) Add enough water to cover by an inch or more.
  2. Bring just to a simmer, then turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove one of the eggs (re-cover the pot) and run cold water over it briefly until it can be handled, then crack it in several places and peel it under cold running water.
  4. Cut the egg in half lengthwise; if the yolk is a uniform pale yellow, the eggs are done. If it's still a dark yellow in the middle, give the remaining eggs a few more minutes.
  5. Transfer the eggs to ice water until cooled, then peel and cut them lengthwise. Gently scoop out the yolks into a bowl (reserve the white on a plate or platter) and mash the yolks thoroughly with a fork.
  6. Add the celery, scallion (white part), Old Bay, cayenne, and mayonnaise. Mix thoroughly and add more seasoning and/or mayo if needed (you want a well-seasoned, creamy mixture.)
  7. With a sharp knife, carefully cut each shrimp in half lengthwise, so that you end up with 24 'sides' of shrimp.
  8. Place a shrimp over the flat part of each egg white half (so that it curves around the hollow part), and fill the hollows with the yolk mixture using a spoon or piping bag
  9. Cut the green parts of the scallions at an angle into very fine slices and sprinkle over the shrimp. Dust the yolks with a bit more Old Bay and a few grinds of black pepper, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Credit:  Doug DuCap. Photo Credit:  Food.com

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
chistmas tree shrimp pinterest

Mary’s Christmas Shrimp Tree

Mary's Christmas Shrimp Tree
Print Recipe
Mary's Christmas Shrimp Tree
Print Recipe
Instructions
  1. Wrap a 9 inch tall Styrofoam cone with aluminum foil, covering completely. Use toothpicks to attach beet greens, with the undersides facing outward, to the cone. Cut off the exposed pieces of toothpick with strong scissors. Place the slice of cheese on a dry serving plate. Set the cone onto the cheese to anchor.
  2. Use frilly toothpicks to attach shrimp, baby corn, black olives, green olives and jalapeno slices to the cone to look like decorations. Scatter any leftover vegetables around the base of the tree. Serve with your choice of colorful purchased dipping sauces, like cocktail sauce, remoulade sauce, or guacamole.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Credit:  Recipes.com  Photo Credit: Yummly.com

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
old bay crab ball foodietotsdotcom

Old Bay Holiday Crab Ball

Old Bay Crab Ball
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minute
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minute
Old Bay Crab Ball
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minute
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minute
Instructions
  1. Mix crab meat, cream cheese, salad dressing, onions, shredded cheese and spices with a mixer
  2. Chill mixture 1 hour.
  3. Mixture should be thick enough to shape into 2 balls or logs.
  4. Roll in the crushed pecans
  5. Serve with crackers.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Credit: Donna Luckadoo Photo Credit: Food.com

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
scallaps tostada coastal living

Scallop and Avocado Tostadas

Scallop and Avocado Tostadas
Print Recipe
Scallop and Avocado Tostadas
Print Recipe
Instructions
  1. Combine cilantro and greens in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  2. Mash avocados in a medium bowl, and stir in lime zest, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve
  3. Combine cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle scallops on both sides with seasoning mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, and cook about 1 minute on each side or until scallops are opaque. Transfer to a large plate.
  4. Spread reserved avocado mixture evenly on tortilla chips; top with cilantro mixture. Top each with a scallop half.
Recipe Notes

Photo Credit:  Coastalliving.com. Recipe Credit:  Jack Mills, R.D.

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
NE baked stuff clams The Nest

New England Baked Stuffed Clams

New England Baked Stuffed Clams
Print Recipe
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
New England Baked Stuffed Clams
Print Recipe
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the wine and 1 quart water to a boil. Add the clams, cover, and cook until clams open, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the clams to a large bowl. Strain the cooking liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Shuck the clams, reserving half the shells. Mince the clams and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, chile, garlic, celery, and chorizo and cook until the onion and celery are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced clams, bread crumbs, and enough of the clam broth to lightly moisten the mixture. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the smoked paprika, the scallion, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the shells, place them on a baking sheet, and bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes
  6. Place 1 stuffed clam on each of 6 serving plates, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and garnish with lemon wedges.
  7. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Recipe and photo credit:  thenest.com

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Shrimp_Artichoke_App_1000 doug ducamp

Shrimp and Artichoke Mini Peppers Appetizer

Shrimp and Artichoke Mini Peppers Appetizer
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
40 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 appetizers 20 minutes
Shrimp and Artichoke Mini Peppers Appetizer
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
40 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 appetizers 20 minutes
Instructions
  1. Drain the artichoke hearts and pulse in a food processor until almost smooth.
  2. Add the cream cheese, oregano, onion powder, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Transfer the artichoke mix to a bowl and fold in the shrimp. Adjust salt.
  4. Trim the tops from the peppers.
  5. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  6. Fill each pepper half with a scant teaspoon of shrimp and artichoke mixture and sprinkle with your choice of garnish.
Recipe Notes

Recipe and photo credit: Doug DuCap. As published on fishcooking.about.com.

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Pan_Seared_Scallops_in_Saffron_Cream_Sauce_001 food network

Grilled Sea Scallops with Saffron Cream Sauce

Grilled Sea Scallops with Saffron Cream Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Grilled Sea Scallops with Saffron Cream Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Soak the skewers in enough water to cover at least 30 minutes.
  2. For the sauce, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to caramelize them. Add the sherry and cook it down until the pan is almost dry. Add the wine and saffron; cook, stirring, until the alcohol has evaporated, another 2 or 3 minutes. Add the cream and cook, stirring, until the sauce has reduced at least by half. This might take another 2 minutes or so: you want about 1-1/2 cups of sauce that is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Finish with the salt, cayenne, and white pepper. Keep the sauce warm while you grill the scallops or, if you’re making it ahead, refrigerate it and reheat before serving.
  3. Thread 2 scallops onto each skewer, keeping the scallops as flat as possible to ensure good contact with the grill. Brush the scallops with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat till caramelized nicely on the outside, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes each side for medium-rare. Rotating the skewers a quarter turn halfway through cooking on each side will give you nice crosshatch grill marks.
  4. To serve, reheat the sauce, if necessary. Pour the sauce out onto 6 individual plates, top with the scallops, and sprinkle the chervil around.
Recipe Notes

Recipe and photo credit by farniente.com.

 

You want jumbo or day-boat sea scallops for this recipe, not the little bay scallops. For the skewers, try to get those flat Japanese bamboo skewers that are about four or five inches long and a quarter-inch wide. If you have to use traditional skewers, double them up and break off the excess.

The saffron sauce does well made ahead, even as much as the day before. Refrigerate it and reheat it before serving.

The scallops can be seared in a pan if you prefer (use high heat and a little oil).

Share this Recipe
Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe
Cranberry_Crab_Cups_1000 doug ducap

Holiday Cranberry Onion Crab Cups

Holiday Cranberry Onion Crab Cups
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
48 appetizers 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 appetizers 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes