Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Menu 2015

Thanksgiving Menu - a little off the beaten path...

Seafood Stuffed Shells 

Roasted Squash / Brussels Sprouts / Red Onion  

Dessert:  Pumpkin Parfait (sweetened & spiced pumpkin and yogurt, layered with granola)

Dice squash.
Prep and halve sprouts.
Dice red onion.

Drizzle with olive oil, some rosemary and sage and toss.
Begin roasting while prepping the seafood shells,
(Toss the veggies now and then to roast evenly.  About 25 minutes at 400° if you do them on their own.  Longer at 350° if you do them with the shells.)

Drizzle with balsamic reduction at serving time.  You can also sprinkle these with pomegranate seeds.

24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
1 package (5 ounces) frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plus 4 cups 2% milk, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute green pepper and onion in 1 teaspoon butter until tender; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine crab, shrimp, egg, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, pepper and green pepper mixture.
Preheat oven to 350°. Drain and rinse pasta; stuff each shell with 1 rounded tablespoon of seafood mixture. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and coarsely ground pepper; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
Pour over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining seafood seasoning. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield:8 servings.

Leftovers for a few meals!!   
And we'll do a turkey roast the next time there is more than one person eating here.

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