Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Always in search of a new recipe for crabs, I concocted this recipe and held my breath as the Crab Guy tasted it. He gave it a thumbs up, way up. He liked it as much as Gary's Seafood Salad. The shrimp that I used were really fresh. After the Crab Guy pulled up the crab traps and emptied them last week, he threw a net off the dock and pulled in 70 shrimp. He's been repeating this every time he checks the crab traps. We're loaded up with shrimp now, and boy are they good! Always use the best and freshest ingredients in cooking for superior results.

Judy's Crab-Shrimp Pasta Salad II
Rating: 9 out of 10

2 cups medium shell pasta, uncooked
2 oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened
3/4 cup lite mayonnaise (I used Smart Balance)
1/2 tsp. horseradish mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup fat-free half and half
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots (I grated them, then chopped them finer)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 green onions with green tops, chopped finely
3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
3/4 cup cooked shrimp
1 cup cooked lump crabmeat

Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions; drain; cool.
In large bowl, whisk the cheese, mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Half and Half, salt and pepper till everything is smooth and well combined. Add veggies, parsley and pasta and mix with spatula till well combined. Fold in shrimp and crabmeat. Taste to adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate.  Yield:  3-4 servings

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