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Hotel Pontchartrain Stuffed Shrimp - Nathaniel Burton style (Serves 4 - 6)
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
3 1/2 tablespoons bell pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons of butter
1 pound fresh, crab claw meat
1 cup french bread softened with water and chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 pounds fresh, fantail shrimp**
Dried plain bread crumbs for dredging
Seasoned flour for dredging
Egg wash (1 cup milk mixed with 1 egg and 2 tablespoons hot sauce)
Oil for frying
Melt butter in a skillet and saute all seasoning vegetables together until tender. Stir in the crabmeat. Add the softened french bread, the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Stuff approximately 1 tablespoon of stuffing into each fantail shrimp. Roll in flour, eggwash, then dried bread crumbs and deep fry in oil for about 5 minutes until brown. Drain on papertowl and serve immediately.
**NOTE - Fantail shrimp are fresh, peeled, tail on, medium to large shrimp that are split to the outside edge.