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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Shrimp Salad Profiterole

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!

close up of cream puff filled with shrimp salad

     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.

invitation graphic for appetizer cookoff

      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.

big bowl of shrimp salad

    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 on crackers

    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.

choux dough in saucepan

    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!

freshly baked cream puffs cooling on wire rack

     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!

small plate filled with shrimp salad puffs ready to eat

     Have you ever made choux puffs? What are your favorite sweet and/or savory fillings?

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Yield: 36 Servings
Shrimp Salad Profiterole

Shrimp Salad Profiterole

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 wedding shower!
Prep time: 25 MCook time: 55 MTotal time: 80 M


Choux Pastry
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
Shrimp Salad
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 green onion
  • 24 ounces cooked, deveined and peeled shrimp
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


Choux Puffs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and grease 3 baking sheets.
  2. Place the butter, water and salt in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the water starts to boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and add flour all at once. Whisk vigorously to incorporate.
  4. Return to the heat and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. The dough should form a smooth ball. Remove pan from heat and let cool for about 7 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. It will take a bit of work to get each egg incorporated. Just beat away until it is completely incorporated before you add the next. The dough should be shiny when you are done, but thick enough to hold it's shape when you pipe it. If it starts looking too loose to pipe, stop adding eggs.
  6. Pipe or scoop rounded teaspoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving a couple of inches between each ball of dough.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 F for 25 more minutes.
  8. Quickly cut a small slit in each puff and return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Once finished, remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to assemble.
Shrimp Salad
  1. Finely dice the celery and green onions. Roughly chop the shrimp.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir in the shrimp, celery and green onions. Taste and adjust your seasoning to you liking. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  1. Cut a slit across the equator of each cream puff.
  2. Stuff with as much shrimp salad as you can fit in there!
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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 wedding shower!


  1. So cute and and equally delicious I am positive of that! That pastry is so cool, I’ll have to give it a try! Have a super sweet Wednesday xo

    1. It is so much easier than you'd think and could be stuffed with all sorts of sweet or savor fillings!

  2. Such a fancy and fun treat! These really would be perfect to serve at a bridal or baby shower,

  3. I recently made choux paste for the first time and it's so easy. Can't wait to make these gems. They look delicious.

  4. I am so impressed that you made the shells too! I'm pretty sure that if I had been there, that you would have got 1st place! These look fabulous!

    1. Thank you!! The shells are actually fun to make!

  5. These look delicious! I make both sweet and savory fillings for choux pastry. And it's so much easy to make than most people think. But that also makes people think you're a "star" when you do make cream puffs for dessert or an appetizer like this :)

    1. I need to make more choux, it is so fun to play with!

  6. This will be a great appetizer for a summer party! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and sure hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  7. I always love your shrimp recipes! I've must try this one!

  8. I have a bunch of shrimp lovers in my house. Everyone would love it! Looks fancy AND delish.Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

    1. We are shrimp lovers too so these were gobbled up! Thank you!

  9. I am going to make profiteroles ahead of time. Can I freeze them?

  10. I’m going to make these delicious snacks. I was wondering if I can make the profiteroles ahead of time and freeze for a few days before I use them?

    1. Yes! That is exactly what I did for our party. I hope you love them.


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