"Taste of Italy" Seafood Spread

Cindy Smith Bryson


It is hard not to go crazy waxing on about this dish; it just turned out SO crazy good. A shrimp and crab-stuffed spread that is perfection smeared on a nice, crusty bread or served with crackers. Creamy horseradish powers this dish and mixes perfectly w/ the tomato and cream sauce. Oh, did I forget to mention the cream cheese and parmesan?!


★★★★★ 2 votes

8 (easily doubled)
20 Min
20 Min


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 can(s)
    (6 ounce) small shrimp, liquid reserved.
  • 1 can(s)
    (6 ounce) lump crabmeat, liquid reserved.
  • 1/4 c
    cream cheese, @ room temperature
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    creamy horseradish
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder or 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tsp
    old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    half and half
  • 1 1/2 c
    marinara sauce
  • ·
    extra parmesan, for topping as desired
  • ·
    fresh, crusty bread, toasted

How to Make "Taste of Italy" Seafood Spread


  1. Drain your seafood and reserve liquid. Set seafood aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add olive oil to saucepan. Over medium heat, whisk in flour to create a roux. Continue stirring until smooth. While still whisking, cook for 4 minutes to get rid of floury taste.
  3. Slowly add the reserved seafood liquid, stirring as you go. Add cream cheese, horseradish, garlic, and Old Bay seasoning. Stir well to combine. Stir in parmesan and the half-and-half.
  4. Slowly add the marinara sauce, incorporate well into the cream sauce. Bring to near boil; add the shrimp and crab. Warm through, then transfer to medium size baking dish. Top w/ additional bit of parmesan, as desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  5. Meanwhile, slice and toast bread. Serve immediately w/ a utensil to dish out and spread onto the crusty bread.

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About "Taste of Italy" Seafood Spread

Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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