Crab and Lobster Salad

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I was going to buy store bought seafood salad for dinner but they were out. So, I improvised by getting imitation crabmeat and using a small package of lobster meat from my freezer. My husband loves cucumber but doesn't like celery. By mixing the two together in equal amounts he didn't notice the cucumber. Turned out delightfully well.
Servings
2 people

Servings
2 people

Crab and Lobster Salad

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I was going to buy store bought seafood salad for dinner but they were out. So, I improvised by getting imitation crabmeat and using a small package of lobster meat from my freezer. My husband loves cucumber but doesn't like celery. By mixing the two together in equal amounts he didn't notice the cucumber. Turned out delightfully well.
Servings
2 people

Servings
2 people

Ingredients

Servings: people

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Instructions
  1. Chop crabmeat and lobster meat into small dice (Macédoine); sides measuring approximately ¼ inch (6mm). Add to medium size serving bowl. Add chopped celery and chopped cucumber also small dice. Lightly mix.

  2. Combine celery salt, white sugar, salt & pepper, seafood spice, dried parsley and paprika in small bowl or measure cup. Distribute over the seafood mix.

  3. Fold in mayonnaise a little at a time until desired consistency. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until just prior to serving.

  4. NOTE: Mix in the mayonnaise a little at a time so you do not add too much mayo. You can purchase this seafood blend from Gullah Gourmet Inc. http://gullahgourmet.com. I received it in a special purchase package and have used it instead of Old Bay since.

  5. Easily substitute imitation crabmeat for fresh crabmeat.

Whenever I say to my husband, “I want to go out for Italian food” he says, “I don’t like Italian.” Well, last night I fed him Italian. He didn’t know it and he loved it. This is my version of a recipe for Cioppino Seafood Pot that is a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish, and is related to regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.  There are many recipes using a variety of seafood and various degrees of tomato base.  You can add other fish such as cod, lobster, bay scallops, etc.  Make it how you enjoy it and serve with a crusty loaf of artisan bread.

Cioppino
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2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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2-3 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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  1. Over medium low heat melt butter in a 6 quart stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.
  2. Add tomatoes, chicken bone stock, bay leaf, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the crab sections, shrimp, scallops, and clams. Bring to a slow boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open.
  4. Serve in shallow bowl with crusty artisan bread and a glass of the white wine.
Recipe Notes

Cioppino is a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. It is an Italian-American dish, and is related to regional fish soups and stews of Italian cuisine.  There are many recipes using a variety of seafood and various degrees of tomato base.  You can add other fish such as cod, lobster, bay scallops, etc.  Make it how you enjoy it and serve with a crusty loaf of artisan bread.

Many recipes that I come up with are with my best friend in mind who is a vegetarian except that she does eat seafood.  When she comes to visit from Canada, I adapt many of my recipes so that she can enjoy them too.  Now she has returned the favor and sent me a Guest Recipe that I just had to share with you.  It’s a lovely and colorful shrimp dish with green beans, quartered cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and shrimp.   Everything about this recipe is something that I would love to cook.

Guest Recipe from Canada

2 portobello mushrooms sliced
4 cherry tomatoes quartered
6 ounces or more shrimp
6 ounces or more green beans
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon basil (to taste)

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until they begin to turn brownish.  Add green beans, salt & pepper and basil until the beans are cooked until slightly limp.  Do not overcook the beans!  Add the shrimp around 5 minutes after adding the beans if you are using fresh shrimp.  If using pre-cooked shrimp add them after the beans are almost fully cooked.   When shrimp is fully cooked, add the tomatoes and continue to sauté until the tomatoes are hot.  Remove from stove and serve immediately.

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Guest Post from Canada

12 ounces gemelli pasta (or any other desired pasta)
Three-quarter medium-size onion chopped
4 cups sliced mushrooms
One cube unsalted butter
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 half cup Crown Royal Whiskey®
1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth
Two extra-large vegetable bouillon cubes
1/4 cup flour and water for thickening
1 pound cooked shrimp skinned
1 – 2 teaspoons dried chives

Fill a larger pasta pot 3/4 full and bring to a medium boil.  Add the desired amount of pasta to the hot water.  Continue to cook the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish.  Check it for doneness occasionally and turn off when it become al dente.

Sauté onion in a large skillet with melted butter until they begin to caramelize and the onions turn slightly brown, stirring occasionally.  Add mushrooms to the skillet and continue to sauté over medium heat until the mushrooms are soft.  Continue to stir occasionally while they cook.

Pour Crown Royal Whiskey® into the pan to reduce and deglaze the pan. If using fresh shrimp then you should add them now and sauté for a few minutes until they begin to turn pin..   If they are already cooked then hold off and add them at the end of the recipe so that they do not over cook and become rubbery.  Add 1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth (reduce bouillon if using chicken broth) or as much as you want to create enough sauce.  Add bouillon cubes.  If you have selected chicken broth instead of water, then reduce the bouillon to one cube instead of two.   Stir occasionally with the saucepan at a slow simmer.

Cooking Tip: Create a thickening sauce by placing 1/4 cup flour in a measuring cup.  Add water to the 1/2 cup mark and whip with a small whisk until it is a smooth consistency with no lumps.  Make sure you add enough water so that it can be poured from the measure cup into the saucepan.

With the saucepan at a slow simmer, slowly add the flour mixture while stirring continuously.  Stir until the sauce thickens and cook until all taste of flour is cooked into the sauce.  The taste of the  Crown Royal Whiskey® and any wine should have cooked to a slightly sweet and non-alcohol taste.

Add the shrimp now if they were pre-cooked.  Then add the dried scallions.  Stir all together and continue to simmer on low while you drain the gemelli.  Serve with pasta and shrimp dish mixed together, or if you prefer, serve shrimp on a bed of pasta.

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Chipotle Shrimp on the Grill
Chipotle Shrimp on the Grill

Who would have thought that I would still be grilling outdoors in the middle of December!  It wouldn’t surprise me as much but we are again at Ironworks and the temperature was a brisk 45 degrees outside when I put the shrimps on the grill.  I cook year round at our home in the Valley of the Sun but never dreamed it would be the same here.  I did not serve the shrimp as a surf and turf which what I first thought of doing.  Instead we enjoyed them as an appetizer before dinner along with a sun-dried tomato artichoke dip and crackers.  Hope you enjoy the shrimp recipe and the cooking tips that follow for grilling times.  Non-vegetarians there is a section for grilling steak along with for a Surf and Turf.

Grilled chipotle shrimp

Dozen jumbo shrimp raw
1/4 c chipotle mayo spicy
couple of shakes of chili powder or chili spice (or more if desired)
couple of shakes of chipotle pepper spice (or more if desired)
2-3 twists ground pepper in marinade
fresh ground pepper at the grill

Place shrimp and chipotle spicy mayo sauce in baggy and mix up.

Let shrimp rest in fridge for 15-30 min then gingerly place on hot grill.

Carefully grill until shrimp turns pink turning once while cooking.  I like to add a little more ground pepper while on the grill to jazz up the warmth a bit.  Place the shrimp carefully on the grill so that they don’t fall through.  Grill on hot flame quickly — 1-2 minutes per side.  Place in foil container that can be also topped with foil to keep warm until ready to serve.  Can be a surf and turf or a pleasant yet spicy appetizer.

Grilling shrimp time table
3-5 min per side jumbo
2.5-4 min per side large
2-3 per side med 

Can pan grill if necessary.  Remove shrimp from grill  and place in fresh foil. Seal foil around shrimp to keep hot until ready to serve.

VEGETARIANS – STOP HERE!!

Sorry for the vegetarians, but I love to serve this shrimp with seasoned grilled beef tenderloin with fresh ground pepper and salt. Add a robust beef rub like A1 bold or Barbarians steak rub from Barbarian’s Steak House  in Toronto, Canada.  You can contact them direct to order.  I love it!  Let the steak come to room temperature while you marinate the shrimp.

Barbarian's Steakhouse
Barbarian’s Steakhouse Ribeye

Remove shrimp from grill and keep warm while grilling sirloin, tenderloin or other steaks for surf and turf.  If your steak is 1″ or less they will cook quickly. 2-3 min per side for medium (or if larger use the grilling table below) turning to score in patchwork pattern before flipping to the other side.

Grilling Tenderloin
2″ thick time table
Rare 3-4 min per side
Medium Rare 4-5 per side
Med 5-6 per side
Well-Done 6-7 per side
Plus standing time of 3-5 min depending on how large of cut

 

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My good friend who lives in Toronto, sent me this recipe to share on KCinAZ Cooks. She’s vegetarian and does find some great ideas.  It looks absolutely delicious and I couldn’t resist posting it up.  OMG, it’s got wine in it.  If it were my recipe I would have to call it Drunkin’ Sole Meunier.

From Lidia’s Website – the recipe:

serves: 4

 

This light fish in a lemony sauce, which always appears on Italian and French menus, has remained a favorite for decades. I served it in my first restaurant, and continue to serve it today. I recommend using fillet of sole in this recipe, but the fillet of any fish prepared this way is delicious. It is easy to prepare, and even kids love it. The result is a pucker lemon finish, with briny capers. You know how much I love olive oil, but there is a time and a place for everything. When sautéing foods that cook quickly, like these sole fillets, using some butter along with the oil  help the sole brown before they overcook. Thicker sole or flounder fillets are ideal for this dish, but if yours are thinner, you may find it easier to handle them if you cut them in half first. Traditionally the fillets are simmered in the sauce, but I like to cook the sauce separately and spoon it around the sole fillets—they stay crispier that way.

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing the sauce if you like
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 fillets gray of lemon sole, approximately
2 1/2 pounds  all-purpose flour for dredging  5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
12 thin lemon slices (about 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons drained tiny capers
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup vegetable stock or water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley  salt and freshly ground black pepper –

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Directions:
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until the butter is foaming. Dredge the fillets in the flour to coat both sides lightly, gently lay as many of the fillets into the pan as fit without touching. Cook just until the underside is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Flip them gently with a wide metal spatula, and cook until the second side is browned and the fish is opaque in the center, about 2 minutes. Transfer them with the spatula to a baking sheet, and keep them warm in the oven. Repeat it necessary with the remaining fillets, adjusting the heat under the skillet to prevent the bits of flour in the pan from burning. When all the sole fillets have been browned, carefully wipe out the skillet with a wad of paper towels. Add the remaining olive oil and the remaining butter and crushed garlic, and return to medium heat. When the butter is foaming, slide in the lemon slices, and cook, stirring gently, until they are sizzling and lightly browned. Stir in the capers, and heat until they are sizzling, about 1 minute. Pour in the lemon juice and wine, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by about half. Pour in the vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and boil until the sauce is lightly thickened, about 2 minutes. If you like, drizzle in a tablespoon or two of the olive oil to enrich the sauce. Sprinkle in the parsley, and taste, seasoning with salt and pepper if you like.  Remove the sole from the oven, and set one fillet in the center of each plate. Fish the lemon slices out of the sauce, and top each fillet with two of them. Spoon the sauce around the fillets, dividing it evenly. Serve immediately.

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Here’s a new twist on cooking salmon.  Instead of simple grilling or frying, we’ve added some parmesan cheese to the mix for a little sharpened flavor.  The fish was marinated in a lemonade mixture with garlic and Italian seasoning to give it more internal flavor.  The hash brown that are served along as a side also have the extra up-taste of the same parmesan.  There were a few problems getting the cheese to stick to the fish and not the grill so make sure your grill is on the hot side and don’t turn to soon.

Fish:
2 – 3 salmon filets
1 – 12 ounce can pink lemonade
1    teaspoon garlic salt
1   teaspoon Italian Dried Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
3  tablespoons parmesan cheese

Hash browns:
1/2 package Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash browns (the best)
salt and pepper to taste
3     tablespoons parmesan cheese

In a dish deep enough to hold the salmon filets, add lemonade, garlic salt and Italian Seasoning.  Clean the backside of the salmon and remove any brown Allow to marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator, turning if necessary.  These fish are marinating in a clay baking dishes.   Preheat grill or  oil skillet to cook the fish.

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Place the fish on the hot grill or skillet.  Add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese to the side up.  Allow to cook for around 5 minutes on the first side or until the fish no longer is sticking on the grill.  Meanwhile, heat a medium size skillet on medium high and spray with olive oil or Pam.  When warm add 1/2 package of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hashbrowns, salt, pepper and more parmesan cheese.

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Carefully turn the fish ensuring that it is not sticking to the grill.  If it appears to be sticking use a sharp edge turner to release the fish from the grill but make sure it has charred in the grill marks before turning.  Watch your potatoes, too and turn occasionally until brown.  Mash the hash browns into the pan with the turner to help them brown more quickly.

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Serve with pan fried hash browns seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

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