Shrimp and crab stuffed tomatoes, what an amazing combination especially during the summertime? Vibrant bright colors mixed with a balance of harmony of flavors. The addition of summer corn really takes this to the next level. The sweet summer corn brings out the natural sweetness in the shrimp and in the crab.
The sweetness from the shrimp and crab stuffed tomatoes with summer corn allows you to actually taste the shrimp and crab and corn instead of the dish coming off as sweet. See, when you pair similar flavors together like sweetness from the shrimp and crab they start to tone down each other's sweetness and bring out the underlying core flavors. This is how food and wine pairing work. You work to find similar flavor profiles and accentuate the core flavor within.
With our busy lives planning ahead can become cumbersome at times. Who has time to make dinner every night? This is one of those dishes for a future midweek easy dinner plan. Prepare on Sunday and your set for one or two weeknight dinners. The casserole dish you store the shrimp & crab stuffed tomatoes in the refrigerator can go straight into the oven. All you have to do is pre-heat the oven to 400 and bake for 150-20 minutes and dinner is served.
The ingredients for
Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Tomatoes
Just look at all of the colors we are going to be cooking with today. There is a direct connection to the food we eat, the health levels in our food, and the colors. Brighter color foods tend to be healthier foods. Good food for thought here is the next time you're trying to decide on which ingredients you'd like to add to your recipe creations. Anytime you can sneak in something healthy we are all winners.
Our Ingredients; Starting With The Tomatoes
Did you know?
The health benefits of shrimp offer improved bone and brain health, weight management, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. The number one killer in America.
Shrimp has anti-inflammatory, cancer preventative, and anti-aging properties that help to reduce the risk of various health problems. It helps in treating age-related macular degeneration and relieving eye fatigue. It also provides relief from menstrual pain. Shrimp is a high-benefit option for increasing your overall health in a truly delicious way so eat up. One other thing I’d like to state awesome about shrimp is they have a lot of selenium.
Clinical Studies Shows Selenium Helps Prevent Cancer
Shrimp are loaded with selenium. Several population studies suggest that the risk of death from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with a higher intake of the trace mineral selenium. Death rates from cancer are significantly lower in areas where selenium is abundant in the soil versus where selenium levels are low. Selenium appears to reduce your cancer risk in two ways: First, selenium is an important constituent of glutathione, ( The Master Antioxidant ), an enzyme with antioxidant properties that can help protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Second, selenium is believed to prevent tumor growth by boosting the immune system and inhibiting the development of blood vessels to the tumor.
VIDEO: How To Make Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Tomatoes w/ Summer Corn
If you like easy recipes this recipe would rank on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest a ( 3 ). You could turn it into a ( 2 ) if you buy the crab pre-cleaned.
Cleaning crab is not hard at all. Like most things in life, it comes down to technique. The video below is a full demonstration of how to clean a crab fine dining style. There is a bonus chef tip in the video. You'll discover a hidden gem of sweetmeat most folks don't know exists.
Full How To Clean Snow Crab Fine Dining Style
Clean Your Shrimp
Chef Tip: A Number Of Grocery Stores Sell Pre-Cleaned Shrimp -Keep An Eye Out For Them
Once cleaned, line the shrimp up in a row back to back. Cut straight through the shrimp in a straight line making medium-small slices of shrimp.
The recipe below available on a printable card is for 4 medium-sized stuffed tomatoes. The best part is the recipes are scaleable. You can double it, no problem. My only suggestion is to dial back the about of old bay you add.
When making 4 stuffed tomatoes you need one ear of corn, making 6 stuffed tomatoes you'll need one and a half ear of corn, and if you're making 8 stuffed tomatoes you'll need 2 ears of corn. The whole recipe works that way; which is nice and helps when needing to adjust for the number of servings you'd like to make
An easy way to cut the corn off the cob - makes less of a mess.
Be sure to chop up the corn some. Think about each kernel being chopped into thirds. The reason is the end result. You want a nice mouth to feel while eating the dish. All chopped ingredients work this way. You cut, chop, dice to fit the recipe you're making. In this case, we are filling tomatoes which aren't very big, so we chop to a smaller size.
- Snow Crab (Cleaned /or your favorite available crab) 1 cluster
- Shrimp - Cleaned and De-Veined ½ pound
- Tomatoes - Medium sized - Greenhouse /Roma tomatoes work well - Cored out 4
- Ear of Corn 1
- Minced Onion 2 tablespoon
- Red Bell Peppe (r / Green works / Poblano Peppers also) 3 tablespoon
- Sea Salt ½ teaspoon
- Pepper ¼ teaspoon
- old bay or favorite creole seasoning ½ teaspoon
- Ranch Dressing ( or Mayo) 1 tablespoon
- Chopped Cilantro 1 tablespoon
- Top with cheese or breadcrumbs
- Start by cleaning the crab. See instructional video in the article above, cut into medium pieces. You want to be able to see the crab pieces, so don't cut the crab too small.
- Next peel and de-vein Shrimp, chop into medium-small pieces. ( You could Cook the shrimp part-way in butter & garlic before stuffing and combining all ingredients ) Crab - do not pre-cook ))
- The tomatoes need to be cored. Keep the tops for garnish. Use a spoon and scoop out the pulp. Turn them upside down while chopping the rest of the ingredients allowing the tomatoes to drain the extra water out.
- Cut the corn off the cob using a bundt pan if you have one. Next, chop the corn into small pieces. Think about each kernel being cut into thirds.
- Dice bell pepper - small dice cut, Mince onion, chop cilantro.
- Combine all vegetables first, combine well. Then add the shrimp and crab being careful to not break up the crab much more than it is. Add the seasoning, plus the ranch dressing and combine, then fill the tomatoes. Salt the insides of the tomatoes before filling. Top with cheese like parmesan or top with breadcrumbs.
- Preheated oven to 400 degrees, bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done.
- Halfway through the cooking process open the oven and add the tomato tops for garnish. Add the tops back to the tomatoes you cut off.
Cooking Onion, Pepper & Corn Optional
- You could cook the onion, bell pepper and corn before combining all the ingredients together. While hot you can still add the cooked ingredients to the Shrimp & Crab. Just be sure to cook the stuffed tomatoes now. If you're doing a plan ahead meal plan, make sure you cool down the cooked stuffing ingredients before refrigerating.