Death-Defying Stuffed Shrimp with Tasso Ham and Crab

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  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, divided

1/2 cup tasso, finely diced

1 cup cornbread crumbs

1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken stock

1 pound lump crab meat, picked through

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pounds large shrimp, about 10 per pound, peeled with tails on

Melted butter

10 ounces mixed micro greens

Roasted Tomato Aioli, recipe follows

Roasted Tomato Aioli:

2 egg yolks*

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons dry mustard

Dash cayenne

1/2 lemon, juiced

4 roasted garlic cloves

Pinch saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water

3 Roma tomatoes, split and oven dried

1 cup canola oil


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, tasso ham and 2 tablespoons parsley for 3 to 5 minutes until fragrant. Combine cornbread crumbs with the sauteed ham mixture in a large bowl. Add chicken stock and blend to evenly moisten. Gently fold in crab meat and remaining parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Butterfly the shrimp by cutting almost all the way through the inside curl of the body. Open flat to resemble a butterfly shape and devein. Spoon 2 tablespoons into the cavity of the shrimp, fold the tail over to hold the stuffing in place. Perch the shrimps on a lightly buttered baking dish, tail side up. Drizzle with some melted butter and bake 10 to 15 minutes. Serve on bed of greens with Roasted Tomato Aioli.

Roasted Tomato Aioli:

  1. Begin with all ingredients at room temperature, they will emulsify more readily. In a food processor or blender, process the yolks, salt, mustard, cayenne, lemon juice, garlic and saffron water. Add the tomatoes and process again. With the motor running, add a few drops of the oil, the mixture will begin to thicken. Then, begin adding the remaining oil in a thin, steady stream. Scrape down the sides of the processor/blender. Check and adjust seasonings.