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Amazing Crab Shells Recipe

Amazing Crab Shells

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"My family calls this 'those crab thingies' (even the adults), but they request it every holiday, and make up holidays so they can get me to make it."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    2 hrs 40 mins

    2 hrs 40 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and add pasta shells; boil until al dente. Drain well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, shrimp, onion, celery, mayonnaise, sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice; mix well.
  3. Stuff cream cheese mixture into the jumbo pasta shells. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 09, 2004

The filling recipe for the shells is excellent if you leave out the sugar and sub sour cream for the mayo. I put two teaspoons of filling into a mini puff pastry shells found in the frozen food case at the supermarket. Bake 10-12 mins at 375 degrees. These were the first to go with everyone wanting more, more, more!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 13, 2003

These were easy. Nobody seemed to care for them. I tought the cream cheese overpowered the seafood.

Feb 07, 2005

Skip the shells and serve this as a dip! I made this for Thanksgiving and put half of the mixture in jumbo pasta shells as suggested, and served the rest of the mixture as a dip, accompanied by salty crackers (I used Saltines.) When people arrived, they didn't really know what to make of the shells (Are they an appetizer or are they something for dinner?, Do we eat them with our fingers or with a plate & fork?), so they went for the easy choice - the dip. The dip went so fast, that I took the shells aside, scooped the mixture out and added it to my dip bowl. I knew it was good when my father, who despises the idea of imitation crab meat, kept going back for more, even after he was told what was in it. It's rather thick, but the flavor is fresh and the green celery and pink crab & shrimp, make it pretty and appetizing. I'm savoring the glory of bringing a "winning" dish and will make this for future potlucks! Thanks!

Dec 17, 2003

Everyone loved this great treat!!! I used sour cream instead of mayo as my Mom can't eat mayo. I also added some celery salt and lime juice. I will make this one again!!!

Jan 11, 2004

I used real crab meat for this recipe and it makes a very elegant appetizer....they do get a little messy around the edges after filling a few so I keep a little dried parsley handy to sprinkle over each one to cover my dribbles! Thank you for this recipe!

Jan 25, 2004

I made these for an office party and am still (2 months later) receiving compliments on them. I used plain cream cheese instead of Neufchatel cheese, didn't include shrimp, and added several tablespoons of parsley for colour. Next time I will make as a dip and serve with crackers; the pasta shells were a lot of trouble, didn't present well, and added nothing taste-wise. Overall, a very rich but delicious recipe!

Dec 08, 2003

i made these for a dinner party over a year ago and they were a HUGE hit. not only that, my boyfriend STILL OBSESSES about these things, asking for them ALL the time. It's really good, if you don't mind the nagging to make them again and again. ;)

Jan 25, 2004

I spent a lot of time trying make this work with the shells. The bad news is that no one cared for the presentation. The good news is that the crab mix alone is terrific hot or cold on crackers.


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  • Calories
  • 130 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.8 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 278 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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