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Venus de Milo Ritz Cracker Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lbs butter
  • 2 cups crushed Ritz Crackers
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:

In a double boiler melt the butter. Skim the clear butter off of the top with a ladle and place in a measuring cup discarding the milky portion that remains. Crush 1 to 1-1/2 sleeves of Ritz Crackers and measure off 2 cups. Combine 1/2 cup of drawn butter with 2 cups of Ritz Crackers. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Note: Ritz Cracker Stuffing is the most commonly used seafood topping in New England Restaurants. Seafood toppings improve flavor and consistency, prevent drying, and enhance eye appeal.�There are many variations of this recipe. Many restaurants add sherry for example. Sherry and other wines do contribute flavor but the added water content will make the topping heavy and sticky like a dressing. A good seafood topping should be light and mild in flavor so that it will not over power the delicate flavor of the seafood. This topping can be used over any type of fish or seafood. Sprinkle this topping liberally over the seafood and cook as usual.

Recipe makes enough topping to stuff 2 small lobsters or cover about 2 pounds of fish fillets.

Makes 2 cups

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