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Shrimp-and-Mushroom Stuffed Potatoes

Yield 8 servings
For a thrifty alternative to fresh shrimp, substitute flaked mild fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound peeled, small fresh shrimp
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (3-ounce) package crawfish, shrimp, and crab boil-in-bag mix
  • 8 large baking potatoes, baked
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Devein shrimp, if desired.

  2. Bring 6 cups water and boil-in-bag mix to a boil in a Dutch oven; add shrimp, and cook 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Cut a 1-inch-wide strip from the top of each baked potato. Carefully scoop out pulp, leaving shells intact. Mash pulp.

  4. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add green onions and next 3 ingredients, and sauté 5 minutes. Add half-and-half; cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Stir in mashed pulp, shrimp, 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Spoon into shells, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.