Shrimp-Crab Crepes in Wine-Cheese Sauce

"Although many steps, this dish is really quite easy to prepare and can be made ahead. Not for the diet-conscious, but this luscious meal is well worth the extra effort and calories for a splurge or special occasion! Adapted from a Southern Living recipe collected long ago. Lobster, scallops, or fish may be substituted as some of the seafood. Serve crepes in cheese sauce individually for a lovely presentation at a brunch, luncheon or dinner party. The Shrimp Crab filling could be spooned in pre-baked mini-pastry shells for an outstanding appetizer."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
16-20 crepes




  • *** CREPES: (Yield: about 18-24 crepes).
  • In large bowl, add flour, salt and Splenda, stirring to mix.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and stir to make a smooth, thin batter. If batter is too thick, add 1-2 tbs more water.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  • To makes crepes, heat frying pan to medium high (I use setting 8-1/2 on scale of 1-10) Spray frying pan with non-stick cooking spray between making each crepe.
  • Pour 3-4 tbs batter in frying pan and tilt pan, turning in a circle, to cover about an 8-inch circle in bottom of pan.
  • Crepe should be as thin as possible.
  • Cook about 1 minute until bottom is lightly browned.
  • Loosen edges of crepe, and gently turn crepe over and cook about 30 seconds. Do NOT brown the second side of crepe.
  • Remove crepe from pan and place on waxed paper.
  • Repeat process for each crepe, stacking them as they cool.
  • Place stack of crepes in gallon resealable plastic bag; remove as much air as possible, seal and refrigerate up to 2 days.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before filling.
  • *** WINE-CHEESE SAUCE: (Yield- about 4 cups).
  • In small bowl, mix cornstarch with milk to form a Slurry. Set aside.
  • In skillet on medium-high heat, bring vermouth to a boil and cook until only 1-2 tbs remain in pan.
  • Add whipping cream, Old Bay seasoning, and pepper, whisking constantly until mixture just comes to a boil.
  • While whisking sauce, immediately add the Slurry; continue whisking over heat until mixture just comes to a boil.
  • Boil 1 minute or until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add all the cheese, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth and creamy. Set aside while preparing crab-shrimp mixture.
  • *** FILLING:

  • On medium-high heat, melt butter in skillet.
  • Add onions and saute 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and saute about 1 minute.
  • Add vermouth and continue to cook until most of liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add 2 to 2-1/2 cups Wine-Cheese Sauce into shrimp mixture. Stir to mix well.
  • Add crabmeat to sauce and gently stir to mix.
  • *** TO ASSEMBLE: On lower 1/3 of each crepe, place 3-4 tbs filling down that third.
  • Starting with the Filling edge, roll crepe and place seam-side down in a 9x13 inch casserole, placing eight crepes (not touching) in each of two 9x13-inch casserole dishes.
  • Evenly spoon remaining Wine-Cheese Sauce over each crepe. Sprinkle with a dash of ground nutmeg.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 450°F about 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Place crepes on each plate and sprinkle with Spring Onion slices.
  • *** MAKE-AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Assemble crepes as directed and place in casserole (not touching) as directed.
  • Gently pat layer of plastic wrap over crepes. Cover with foil and refrigerate up to 2 days.
  • When ready to bake, remove plastic wrap and re-cover with foil. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 450°F 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • While crepes are heating, place chilled Wine-cheese Sauce in double boiler and slowly heat sauce, stirring frequently.
  • *** TO SERVE AS A CASSEROLE: When ready to serve, remove casserole from oven.
  • Evenly pour a little hot Wine-Cheese sauce over each crepe, sprinkle with nutmeg and scattered spring onions. Serve immediately.
  • *** TO SERVE INDIVIDUALLY- for best presentation: Place 2 crepes on each plate, top with hot Wine-cheese Sauce, a light sprinkle of nutmeg and a few Spring onion slices. Serve immediately.
  • *** NOTE: By adding the hot Wine-Cheese sauce AFTER baking the crepes, the crepes retain their shape better for a more elegant presentation.

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  1. Oh my gosh! Yum! One question, what is the Old Bay seasoning? I did not use it. I just used what I had and made the best of it, all crab and no shrimp. Delicious! It was something that I could make in steps. Crepes in the morning, sauce in the evening.
  2. My Sis, Mom, and I made these most lusciously wonderfull Crepes! We made them with lobster and crab.This is a meal to be shared with those you love during special occasions.There was nine of us 2 where children and we all loved them. This most definitely will be made again.
  3. This recipe is a little work intensive, as BeachGirl says, but the end product is well worth the effort. And if you break the three parts down and do one part at a time, it's really not too bad. I fixed the crepes in the morning, and then did the sauce and filling in the afternoon. They taste sensational!
  4. This may very well be the best dish I have made from this site. The only problem I had was time. I am a very slow cook, and it took me much longer than stated, but the results were well worth it. I did everything as instructed, except I used a crepe recipe that I had downloaded before. I wasn't too sure about the vermouth, as I hadn't used it before, but it added a wonderful hint of flavor. The smell of this dish while cooking was out of this world. It also presented nicely. I have to admit that I won't make this often because of dietary concerns, but I will most definitely make this again. Thanks for the great recipe.
  5. Wow! What a was a big hit at Xmas Dinner...a must try.<br/>I cheated and bought the crepes and no one would have known...haha


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