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Stuffed Shrimp With Creole Meuniere Sauce

  • Yield: 4 appetizer servings


  • 12 large shrimp, tail on, peeled and butterflied
  • 1/2 pound fresh crab meat, picked over for cartilage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup small diced red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Essence
  • 2 teaspoons Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon creole or other whole-seed mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Creole Meuniere Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon crystal hot sauce
  • 3 cup veal stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shaved green onions


  • Heat the olive oil, lightly saute the shallots, garlic, onions, and peppers, until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Season with Essence. Add the crab meat, being careful in not breaking up the pieces. Remove from the heat. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolk. Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs. Allow to cool for 1 to 2 minutes, then shape loosely into 12 balls, using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Season the shrimp with 2 teaspoons Essence. Press one ball of stuffing into the cavity of each shrimp and arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining Essence. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes, remove from oven. For the sauce, in a sauce pot, heat the olive oil. Lightly saute the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and veal stock. Cook over high heat for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the cream and mount in the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Strain through a chinoise. Spoon a small pool of sauce in the middle of the plate and arrange three shrimp in the center. Top with shaved chives and Parmesan Cheese.