Amazing Crab Shells

Amazing Crab Shells

Barbara Hall 0

"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."

Ingredients 2 h 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 130 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 130 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.8g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 278 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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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!


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!


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