Make this super delicious Seafood Spread appetizer to serve over crusty toasted baguettes. This creamy shrimp & crab spread will become everyone’s favorite party appetizer!
I cannot believe it’s December already. Just a few more weeks of work and then we are off for our winter shutdown.
It is so nice that Aldo and I work at the same company – we both have the time between Christmas and New Year’s off.
It will be awesome to enjoy this holiday season after working on our house renovation for the last month and a half.
It will be so special to see our friends after literally not doing anything social for the last month – we’ve spent all our time in home improvement stores and in dusty construction clothes.
I cannot wait until our house renovations are finished. We can then have people over for a house warming party, and just for entertaining in general.
Even though the house will not be ready to have people over for the holidays, I have been trying out a bunch of new recipes for entertaining. Mostly because it’s an excuse to eat appetizers for dinner. 🙂
One of the favorite appetizer recipes I have created recently is this Seafood Spread to serve on a crusty baguette. It is SO delicious, so easy to make, very impressive, and best of all? It is sophisticated and pairs perfectly with a crisp white wine!
This creamy, savory seafood spread is made with chunks of shrimp and lump crab meat. It is then spread over sliced baguettes.
The baguettes are popped into the oven for a few minutes. This will really bring out the creaminess, richness, and flavor of the seafood spread. And it will make the baguettes nice and crisp on the edges.
This recipe is the perfect appetizer to me because it is a great combination of flavors and textures. Crispy baguette, creamy seafood spread, tender shrimp and crabmeat.
And the best part?? It pairs perfectly with a crisp glass of wine. I’d say it’s a perfect appetizer!
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Make this super delicious Seafood Spread Appetizer to serve over crusty baguettes. This shrimp and crab meat spread will become everyone's favorite party appetizer!
- 1/2 lb raw shrimp (fresh or thawed if frozen) , cleaned and deveined (about 10 jumbo shrimp)
- salt and pepper , to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 small garlic clove , finely grated
- 1 6-oz can lump crab meat ,drained
- 2 tablespoons parsley leaves , finely chopped
- Optional: Pinch of red pepper flakes , to taste
- 1 French baguette
Preheat your oven to 425F. Get out a large baking sheet (no need to grease it!).
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and cook the shrimp about 2 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Set aside and roughly chop into smaller pieces (about 1/4 - 1/2 inch) once the shrimp cools.
While the shrimp cools, prepare the rest of the dish: In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for about 40 seconds, until it is softened but not fully melted. Add the Parmesan cheese, drained crab meat, grated garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Add the chopped cooked shrimp. Mix well.
Cut a baguette into slices, about 1/2 - 3/4 inch in thickness. Generously top each slice with about 1-2 tablespoons of the seafood spread. Place the baguette slices on a large baking tray. Place in the oven at 425F for 4-5 minutes, or until the baguette is toasted and the seafood spread has softened. Top with additional parsley or red pepper flakes for garnish, if desired. Serve warm.
The seafood spread can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept refrigerated in a container with a tight fitting lid. Prepare it in advance, then spread it on a baguette and bake it right before serving.
You can also prepare the baguettes with the seafood spread on top 1-2 hours in advance and keep them on a tray in the fridge. Just pop them in the oven right before serving.