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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Southern style Shrimp puffs

A steamed tail-on shrimp.Image via Wikipedia

The coast of South Carolina yields some of the finest shrimp in the world. Using local shrimp caught on our own coastline is a great way to celebrate our bounty here in South Carolina. Recipes that have shrimp in them are in abundance in areas like Charleston and Beaufort, SC and the addition of saltine crackers as opposed to toasted bread makes this recipe uniquely southern. For information on South Carolina shrimp, see: South Carolina Shrimp – Guide to SC Shrimping

This recipe makes about 10 servings

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons green onions finely diced
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning for Seafood
2 2 ½ -ounce can tiny cocktail shrimp drained
10 saltine crackers

Preheat oven to 375°

In a small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, green onions and Old Bay Seasoning, and garlic powder until blended. Stir in shrimp. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate.
Arrange ten saltine crackers on a cookie sheet. Mound 1 tablespoon of the shrimp mixture onto each bread round. Make sure cookie sheet is un-greased.
Bake for around  10 to 12 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Best served hot.
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