Today we continue with another selection of appetizers for your upcoming Holiday parties, and something that is always popular, seafood. I love to offer guests a selection of hot and cold appetizers and this Seafood Salad can actually be served as three cold appetizers from the one salad.
Serving fresh seafood on your Holiday hors d'oeuvre buffet is always a great treat for your guests. Unfortunately for you, this can be an expensive appetizer to serve and fresh seafood is almost always the first thing your guests will polish off, even before the party gets started.
This selection of appetizers can be prepared using the same Seafood Salad mixture and you have the option of preparing these in advance for your guests, or let them help themselves by serving the salad in a large bowl with the crackers, small sandwich rolls and an assortment of serving dishes for those who would rather skip the carbs. With a handful of veggies on the side, this makes a very eye-appealing snack for your guests.
By using imitation crab meat, also known as surimi, you can serve seafood on your buffet while also keeping your costs under control. If you have never used imitation crab before, it is actually the same crab used in most varieties of sushi. Made from Atlantic whitefish, surimi is quite versatile and can be used in many dishes. At about $3 - $4 per pound, it is also quite affordable.
Along with the crab we included pre-cooked shrimp in this salad, which you can buy fresh or frozen at your local market. If you look for the shrimp marketed as "salad shrimp" or listed as 100 - 160 count, these are small enough you can leave them whole in the salad.
The Seafood Salad has a creamy lemon and horseradish sauce which accents the crab and shrimp, and the dill and lemon pepper enhance the seafood flavors. The salad is delicious served on a variety of crackers or as a small sandwich, but is equally good on its own, and is something your guests will greatly enjoy.
2 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 tsp Horseradish
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/4 tsp Lemon Dill Seasoning
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 TB Hellman's Light Mayonnaise
2 TB Sour Cream
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 stalk Celery, very finely minced
1 lb Imitation Crab (surimi), flaked into small pieces
6 oz Small Cooked Shrimp, chopped if needed
Hawaiian Rolls or small slider rolls, sliced
Carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices and other bite-sized veggies
Assortment of Crackers
In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, horseradish, salt, lemon pepper, lemon dill seasoning, pepper, mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice, stirring with a fork until blended.
Add the celery, crab and shrimp to the mixture and stir gently to combine, coating the seafood evenly with the sauce. Taste test and add more salt or pepper, if needed. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Serves about 20 - 25 as an appetizer, or about 12 - 15 small sandwiches.