Maine Shrimp Rounds
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For 4 people
- 8 ounce(s) Maine shrimp, drained well
- 3 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, divided
- 2 tablespoon(s) flour
- 1/2 cup(s) milk
- 1/2 cup(s) grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) grated lemon zest
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoon(s) milk
- 2 cup(s) unseasoned breadcrumbs
- 3 cup(s) vegetable oil, for frying
Maine Shrimp Rounds Directions
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When melted, add the shrimp. Stir and cook until just done, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, leaving butter in pan. Set aside to cool. When cooled, chop finely.
- Melt remainder of butter in same saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and whisk well so there are no lumps. Pour in the milk and whisk well. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the cheeses, lemon juice, zest, shrimp and salt and pepper. Remove from heat, the mixture will be very thick and the cheese will not be melted, but that is fine. Let cool 15 minutes, cover and refrigerate until completely cooled, about 1 hour.
- Heat oil in a large, sturdy pot over medium-medium high heat until 350-degrees F is reached, or use a deep fryer according to manufacturers instructions.
- Remove cheese sauce from refrigerator and this is where your hands get a little messy. Remove a ball of chilled shrimp mixture, the size is up to you but generally the size of half a ping pong ball. Shape into a ball and dip in the beaten egg, Dredge in the bread crumbs and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Cook in batches, removing to a paper towel lined plate. Make a wintertime picnic out of it by serving some potato salad and coleslaw.