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NYE 2014 - Seafood Feast!

Happy New Year Everyone! Tonight we are spending time with our family and cooking up a seafood feast! Normally, I try to keep things healthy but a few things on this menu are not... BUT  as long as you don't eat too much, it's okay to indulge every once and a while!

The first thing I am making are Crab Puffs. This recipe I got from my 2nd Cousin and they are so amazing you will love them!

Crab Puffs:

Ingredients:
1. 12 Bay's English Muffins (I wouldn't substitute for other english muffins, they do not turn out quite as yummy)
2. 2 - 5oz cans of Kraft Old English Cheese
3. 2 cans of white crab meat
4. 2 t garlic powder
5. 2 t mayonnaise
6. 1 stick butter

Mix all ingredients together. Spread mixture on each english muffin (as if you were spreading butter to eat it!) Don't be shy with the mixture. Then, quarter each half and put all of the pieces onto a baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 400.

This recipe yields 96 pieces! I cut it in half for tonight since I am bringing multiple dishes. The best thing about this appetizer is that you can make it and either put it in the refrigerator or in the freezer and cook it later.

Lobster Mac & Cheese:

This recipe I made up and it turned out GREAT!

Ingredients:

1. 2 T Butter
2. 2 T all purpose flour
3. 1 (14 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
4. 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
6. 2/3 cup milk (i always use almond milk but you can use whatever you prefer!)
7. a pinch of ground black pepper
8. 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
9. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (can be omitted or amount can be changed to your liking)
10. 8 oz lobster meat cut into chunks
11. 4 cups elbow macaroni pasta, cooked
12. 2 Tablespoons hopped fresh parsley

Directions:

1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, Cut lobster meat in to chunks, about 1/4 inch pieces.

3. Melt butter in a large non-stick skilled over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook, stirring consistently until mixture is a golden color, about 1 - 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until mixture bubbles, about 3 minutes.

4. Add cheddar, milk, parmesan, italian seasoning, pepper, and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Add macaroni and lobster and stir until mixed well.

5. Top dish with parsley and serve.

I put my dish into a pyrex after step 4. Since we had to travel a ways for our party we re-heated the mac & cheese when we got there. I kept the dish in my refrigerator for a few hours and it still tasted amazing after we re-heated it.

Reheating instructions:
1. Stir mixture
2. Top with a little extra cheese if you want!
3. Bake at 375 for 15 - 20 minutes.

Next time I make this dish I think I am going to top the dish with breadcrumbs and more cheese to make it more of a baked dish that is nice and crunchy and cheesy!

Shrimp Dumplings:

I made this dish because I got my very first food processor for christmas and I REALLY wanted to use it! This dish is very easy and doesn't take very long to make. About 20 minutes to prepare.

Depending on how many people your are cooking for and how many other appetizers you have, you may want to 1/2 this recipe. Although, i'm not sure how well wonton wrappers keep after the package is open. I bought mine frozen so i'm sure they could go in an air tight bag and back in the freezer. Don't quote me on that though.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 pound of shrimp (any size will do) cooked and deveined.
  2. 4 scallions chopped coursley
  3. 2 tablespoons of chopped water chestnuts
  4. 1 tablespoon of fresh minced ginger
  5. 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  6. 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  8. 1 clove garlic
  9. 1 egg white
  10. 36 wonton wrappers
  11. 1/4 cup soy sauce (for dipping sauce)
Directions:
1. Put all ingredients (except wonton wrappers) into food processor. Process until mixture is smooth. 
2. Arrange wonton wrappers on a work surface. Place 1 teaspoon of mixture in the center of each wonton and seal each wonton using water on your finger. Fold in half circle.  Place finished dumplings on a baking sheet lightly covered with cornstarch and cover with damp paper towels.
3. Put 8 or so dumplings in a steamer basket or whatever steamer you own over about 1 inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and steam until they are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately with soy sauce!
I recommend cooking these pretty soon after you make them. We traveled so I put them into a container and put some cornstarch in between the dumplings. It worked OK but some got stuck together. 
Have someone in your family that doesn't like seafood? So do we. Next time i make these i am going to substitute bell peppers for the shrimp so is a vegetable dumpling! I also might try cooking them in  a skillet over oil to be more of a wonton with the crunch. I will let you know how that goes when I try that! 

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