Makes: 4 servings
- 3 tablespoons softened butter, plus more for spreading
- 3 thin slices white sandwich bread, toasted
- 1 rib celery with leafy top, finely chopped
- 1 small fresno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4cup dry vermouth
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning (about a palmful)
- Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
- 16 jumbo shrimp (about 1 1/2 lbs.)--peeled, deveined and butterflied, with tails left on
- 1/4cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4cup dry vermouth
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- Salt and black or white pepper
- 2 sticks (8 oz.) butter, chilled and cut into tbsp.-size pieces
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Butter the toasted bread while hot, then finely chop.
- In a medium skillet, melt 3 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the celery, chile, shallot, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, then stir in the vermouth to deglaze. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool. Add the crabmeat, chopped bread, lemon juice, Old Bay and hot sauce to the bowl; mix well with your hands.
- Place the shrimp butterflied side up on a greased baking sheet. Mound the crab mixture at the base of the butterflied shrimp and rest the tail over the top of the stuffing. Bake until the shrimp are pink and firm, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the beurre blanc: In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and vermouth to a simmer over low heat. Add the shallot and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately whisk in 4 tbsp. butter until incorporated. Return the pan to low heat and whisk in the remaining 12 tbsp. butter, 1 piece at a time. Sir in the lemon juice, then the chives.
- To serve, place a puddle of beurre blanc on plates or in shallow bowls. Arrange 4 shrimp in the sauce, with the tails toward the center.
- This baby's doubly rich: shrimp and crab! And to top it all off, it's served with a butter sauce called beurre blanc (white butter).