Jun 26, 2012

When is a crab a shrimp?

When is a crab a shrimp?
When I've convinced myself that I bought 1 pound of crab, able to use half for Crab and Andouille Jambalaya and half for beautiful homegrown tomatoes stuffed with crab salad.

Only to find that I had 1/2 the crab I thought I did for The Husband's jambalaya the following night.  No crab and half an hour before chow time tonight.

Shrimp.  I had shrimp though.  In the freezer, just waiting there. 
All not crab like. 

So crab evolves into shrimp. 
Survival of the desperate.

Luckily, seafood salads are pretty interchangeable.  I'd gladly use crab, crawfish, or shrimp in this.

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Shrimp Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
8 oz shrimp, cooked, cooled, and chopped (can be boiled, blackened, sauteed--the more seasoned, the better)
1 Tbsp chopped chives
1/2 Tbsp capers
about 1/4 cup mayo
juice of about 1/4-1/2 of a lemon
Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning to taste

5 small homegrown ripe tomatoes
Additional chopped chives and Tony's for garnish

Combine all ingredients and season to taste.  Chill until ready to use.

Cut a thin sliver off the bottom of each tomato so they sit flat.  Using a sharp serrated knife, cut cone shaped pieces from the top of each tomato to remove the hard stem area.  Cut partially through the top of each tomato, as if you were cutting it in half--12 to 6 if it were a clock.  Cut partially through from 3 to 9.  Cut two more times evenly between your first two cuts.  Gently fan out without breaking the sections apart.

Fill each tomato with the shrimp salad, sprinkle with additional chives and Tony's and serve.

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  1. Those look really really good! My mom used to make tuna salad, cut a tomato just like that and top the tomato with the tuna salad. YUM!

  2. These look good! Glad you could easily substitute - always important in the kitchen. :)

  3. Looks so fresh and tasty!!

  4. YES! Another recipe for delicious home grown tomatoes.
    Stopping by from the Creative Corner Blog Hop!


  5. Those look so good! I can't wait to make them with tomatoes from my garden!

  6. Haha I'm glad the substitution worked out! Looks majorly tasty.

  7. Your Shrimp Salad Stuffed Tomatoes look wonderful. I would like them with shrimp or crab, or even a mixture of the two. I really like the lemon in this recipe - it would make it lovely and piquant. They are so pretty too - like delicious tomato flowers!

  8. Those look gorgeous!

    I gave you a shout out for this week's Friday Food Fight. Come chekc it out.


    Thanks for always being so supportive and playing along every week. :-)

  9. This looks great!! Way to go on a last minute substitution. Thanks for linking to foodie friday

  10. looks like shrimp worked out very nicely!! thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

  11. yummy!!! you are being featured at this weeks Tasty Tuesday party. Stop by and grab a featured button and join in this weeks party tonight. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/

  12. These stuffed tomatoes look amazing! I am featuring them on my H&S Hop highlights.

  13. These look amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul! :)

  14. This looks fabulous. Looks like a perfect addition to my weekly meme Seasonal Sundays. I'd love to have you join me.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Great shots - great colour!

  16. Sounds super yummy Michelle. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday!


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