Seafood Salad Stuffed Pasta Shells

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This Seafood Salad Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe is the perfect recipe to serve as a tea party entree, or at a fancy lunch with friends. This creamy, cold seafood salad stuffed pasta shells recipe is flavorful and delicious. If you feel that stuffing the jumbo pasta shells seems like too much work or is a bit tedious you can also serve this recipe as a more casual idea for a potluck or a picnic. Simply mix up the seafood salad and then add small shell pasta that has been cooked to package directions on the package, which has been drained well and chilled completely. Either way, this is a great recipe you will love. This pasta dish recipes idea makes a lot; you can cut it in half if that works better. When using the crab meat or imitation crab meat, you will want first to blot it with paper towels. Then in the bowl of a stand-up mixer, combine the Neufchatel cheese, mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and seasonings.

Using the whisk attachment on the mixer, mix the seafood salad until it is smooth and well combined. You can thin the recipe with a little more lemon juice or milk to get the consistency you like, then set aside. Whenever you are working with raw seafood, you want first to wash hands thoroughly with some hot soapy water before and after handling. Always be sure to thaw frozen seafood in the refrigerator, and never on the kitchen counter. You can also thaw raw seafood in cold water in an airtight plastic bag, be sure to change the water every 30 minutes. If thawing seafood in the microwave, make sure to cook the seafood immediately afterward. This is a recipe your friends will be talking about for a while. This large pasta shells recipe idea calls for Neufchatel cheese with no substitutions. If you haven't tried this cheese, you will be pleasantly surprised. This cheese is a soft, slightly crumbly, mold-ripened cheese that is made in the Neufchatel-en-Bray, French region of Normandy. This variety of cheese is one of the oldest cheeses in France, with its production believed to date back all the way to the 6th century.

Nutrition Facts for: Seafood Salad Stuffed Pasta Shells from Chin Deep

Ingredients: Jumbo pasta shells, Neufchatel cheese, real mayonnaise, sugar, lemon, lemon zest, milk, Old Bay seasoning, Dijon mustard, white pepper, cayenne pepper, crab meat (or imitation meat), cold shrimp, green onions, celery.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 323, Calories from Fat 139, Total Fat 15.4g 24%, Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%, Cholesterol 155mg 52%, Sodium 824mg 34%, Potassium 200mg 6%, Carbohydrates 23.0g 8%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 3.2g, Protein 21.4g, Vitamin A 14%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 23%, Iron 11%

This cheese looks similar to Camembert, with a dry, white, edible rind, but the taste is saltier and sharper. Neufchatel cheese has the aroma and taste of mushrooms. And unlike other soft-white-rinded cheeses, Neufchatel has a grainy texture. Sriracha sauce used in this seafood salad recipe gives it the extra flavor that it needs. Sriracha is a type of hot sauce recipe or chili sauce recipe that is made from a paste of chili peppers, sugar, distilled vinegar, garlic, and salt. Thank you to Melissa for sharing this dynamite shrimp recipe for coconut shrimp tacos on the "Chin Deep" recipe site. Some of the other recipes you will find on the site include easy pasta meals, salad recipes, main dish recipes, drink recipes, dressing recipes, dessert recipes and so much more. *

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