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Florida Seafood Casserole

 Florida Seafood Casserole
We have lots of friends from up North who come down here to Florida each winter to be our of the snow and in the sun. They always love to be served fresh seafood, a green salad and pie made with just-ripened strawberries. So I always try to accommodate them...and they usually compliment the chef!
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1 cup crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimientos
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter. Stir in the flour, salt
  • and pepper until blended. Gradually whisk in milk and cream. Bring
  • to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove
  • from the heat; stir in the rice, shrimp, crab, water chestnuts,
  • lemon juice, pimientos, parsley and 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake at 350° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining

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Florida Seafood Casserole (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cheese.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.