The perfect appetizer is here! A buttery puff shell stuffed with delicious shrimp salad. It’s a great starter, fun lunch and would be perfect served at a baby or bridal shower!
Buttery choux pastry puffs stuffed with shrimp salad are perfect little starters. Their bright and fresh flavors are made even better by the fun little package they are served in!
We decided the 4th of July would be a great time to host the next installment in our friends and family cook-offs. We’ve had so much fun hosting and competing in the poultry grill-off, the pie off, the soup off and the chili cook-off.
The winner’s board is growing and we were ready to add the next name. After tossing around some ideas, we settled on appetizers for the theme. So I dubbed it the finger food fight!
I was really tempted to do some sort of deconstructed shrimp stuffed jalapeno popper. I could see it in my mind, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to make a couple of the components. Maybe next time!
I still had shrimp on the mind though. I considered a warm dip since the Cajun shrimp dip is always a hit, but then decided something chilled might be nice on such a hot day.
That’s when I settled on shrimp salad. I am a huge fan of shrimp salad and it would be a relatively easy recipe to throw together while also getting everything else ready for the party.
The filling is great served a number of different ways. It makes a great little sandwich when served on Hawaiian rolls.
Shrimp salad is also a great dip for pita chips and is perfect piled on top of buttery crackers. I thought it may have a chance packaged any of these ways. But then I thought of creme puffs and I knew I had my answer.
While these little puffy pastries look intimidating, they are really quite easy to make. The dough is whipped up in a saucepan. Then it would be customary to pipe them onto parchment lined baking sheets.
I took the easy way out and scooped them with my small cookie scoop instead. It worked great and I got relatively uniform puffs!
One of the advantages of the puffs is they can be baked a day or two in advance. Just be sure to let them cool completely before you put them in an airtight container. You don’t want soggy puffs!
I ended up with 4th in the competition. My family members are suckers for my cousin Cori’s stuffed mushrooms, so I never had a chance!
Despite the defeat, I can’t wait to have another excuse to make these. I think they would be a fun way to start a dinner party, a fun spring or summer lunch for company or they’d be perfect at a bridal or baby shower!
Have you ever made choux puffs? What are your favorite sweet and/or savory fillings?
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