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Seafood Birthday Dinner

We’re coming up on my husband’s birthday and this year he’s requested a seafood themed dinner.  Seems easy enough, but there are a lot of recipes to choose from.  I would also like to try a few different things for him.  We eat Salmon weekly, so that one’s out.  Beyond that I have an ocean to choose from.  Let’s get started.

One recipe that I haven’t tried yet, but want to make, is crab cakes.  My trusty “Back to Basics” cookbook has a crab cake recipe and it looks delicious.  The only thing that’s a little off putting is the lengthy list of ingredients.  Knowing that I’ll be making a few different items makes me a little leery of anything that could be too time consuming.  I’ll keep it on the list for now.

Shrimp is usually a winner and I have just the recipe for it.  I made these Shrimp Puffs a while back and they were a huge hit!  They only require a few ingredients and they’re easy to make.  Plus, they make a lot.  You could easily fill up just on these puffs.  I’m thinking these are a definite yes.

Another option that I’m considering is a Seafood Alfredo with Homemade Pasta.  I’ve made pasta before so I know it’s pretty easy and I can make it in advance and freeze it so I’m not too overwhelmed on the day of the dinner.  This also allows me to mix up the seafood offerings.  I could have shrimp, scallops, calamari, or whatever else sounds good.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good Alfredo?

While we’re considering pasta dishes I should also think about a Homemade Pasta with Clam Sauce.  I’ve made this a few times, once for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and it’s excellent.  I’ve used the canned clams, I know fresh is better, but the taste is still great without the big price tag.  Oh, the decisions.

These are just a few of the recipes I’m choosing from.  I always like to make birthday dinners special and the menu planning is a big part of it.  So far, I’m planning on making around three main courses along with salad and side dish.  We’ll see what I end up with, but I know it’s going to be delicious!

Until next time!

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Meals

 

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