My family calls this 'those crab thingies' (even the adults), but they request it every holiday, and make up holidays so they can get me to make it.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
2 hrs 40 mins
total:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and add pasta shells; boil until al dente. Drain well.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, shrimp, onion, celery, mayonnaise, sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice; mix well.

  • Stuff cream cheese mixture into the jumbo pasta shells. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 15.8g 5% DV; fat 4.9g 8% DV; cholesterol 21.9mg 7% DV; sodium 277.5mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
The filling recipe for the shells is excellent if you leave out the sugar and sub sour cream for the mayo. I put two teaspoons of filling into a mini puff pastry shells found in the frozen food case at the supermarket. Bake 10-12 mins at 375 degrees. These were the first to go with everyone wanting more more more! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
These were easy. Nobody seemed to care for them. I tought the cream cheese overpowered the seafood. Read More
(45)
131 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
The filling recipe for the shells is excellent if you leave out the sugar and sub sour cream for the mayo. I put two teaspoons of filling into a mini puff pastry shells found in the frozen food case at the supermarket. Bake 10-12 mins at 375 degrees. These were the first to go with everyone wanting more more more! Read More
(123)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2005
Skip the shells and serve this as a dip! I made this for Thanksgiving and put half of the mixture in jumbo pasta shells as suggested and served the rest of the mixture as a dip accompanied by salty crackers (I used Saltines.) When people arrived they didn't really know what to make of the shells (Are they an appetizer or are they something for dinner? Do we eat them with our fingers or with a plate & fork?) so they went for the easy choice - the dip. The dip went so fast that I took the shells aside scooped the mixture out and added it to my dip bowl. I knew it was good when my father who despises the idea of imitation crab meat kept going back for more even after he was told what was in it. It's rather thick but the flavor is fresh and the green celery and pink crab & shrimp make it pretty and appetizing. I'm savoring the glory of bringing a "winning" dish and will make this for future potlucks! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2003
These were easy. Nobody seemed to care for them. I tought the cream cheese overpowered the seafood. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
Everyone loved this great treat!!! I used sour cream instead of mayo as my Mom can't eat mayo. I also added some celery salt and lime juice. I will make this one again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2004
I used real crab meat for this recipe and it makes a very elegant appetizer....they do get a little messy around the edges after filling a few so I keep a little dried parsley handy to sprinkle over each one to cover my dribbles! Thank you for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made these for an office party and am still (2 months later) receiving compliments on them. I used plain cream cheese instead of Neufchatel cheese didn't include shrimp and added several tablespoons of parsley for colour. Next time I will make as a dip and serve with crackers; the pasta shells were a lot of trouble didn't present well and added nothing taste-wise. Overall a very rich but delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
i made these for a dinner party over a year ago and they were a HUGE hit. not only that my boyfriend STILL OBSESSES about these things asking for them ALL the time. It's really good if you don't mind the nagging to make them again and again.;) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I spent a lot of time trying make this work with the shells. The bad news is that no one cared for the presentation. The good news is that the crab mix alone is terrific hot or cold on crackers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2003
Pretty tasty but I would probably use less onion next time. But all in all very good. Read More
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