I wish I was a shrimp puff.

Then everyone would be in love with me.
Raise your hand if you remember that old Oscar Mayer commercial –
Oh I wish I was an Oscar Mayer Weiner. 
That is what I’d truly like to be.  
‘Cause if I was an Oscar Mayer Weiner, everyone would be in love with me.

I know there are a handful of you, ahem, vintage kids that are now singing it in your head. And will be for the next 3 hours. You’re welcome.

But back to my shrimp puffs. My favorite appetizer ever. 
Everyone I’ve ever made them for loves them.
It’s true. They are waaay more popular than I am (which isn’t saying a whole lot, so let me just tell you they are delicious and leave it at that).
I get asked for the recipe all the time, and I really wish I could take the credit for it (especially  because I’d like to pin the photo and send it back to my blog), but because I’m nauseatingly honest and because I know that Santa already has his eye on me, I’ll have to give all the credit to Pillsbury.
In fact, you can find the recipe and a photo HERE, but let me just say my photos are way better.
Told you I was honest.

shrimp puffs

Michelle’s Pillsbury’s Famous Shrimp Puffs ~ 

tablespoons cream cheese spread (from 8-oz container)
teaspoon soy sauce
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated butter flake crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls)
uncooked deveined peeled large shrimp (about 1/2 lb), thawed if frozen, tails removed, if desired
tablespoons sesame seed
cup SMUCKER’S® Apricot Preserves
    • Step 1: Prepare shrimp. 
    • I buy big bags of frozen shrimp at Costco, so I thaw them in a bowl of lukewarm water for about 10 minutes.  Then I pop the tails off, and pull out the poop by slicing along the dark (poop) line with a sharp knife and pulling out the poop string with a paper towel.  Gross and horrid, but not as gross and horrid as eating it.
shrimp collage1
    • Step 2:  Set oven to 375°, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and pour sesame seeds into a small, flat bowl.
    • Step 3: Prepare cream cheese mixture
    • Mix cream cheese, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a small bowl.
mixture collage

    • Step 4: Where the ‘Pillsbury’ part of this comes in
    • Unroll the dough and cut each triangle in half, so you end up with 16 very scalene looking triangles (always happy when I get to use some of my old 4th grade teacher vocabulary – proves those diplomas were totally worth it).  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough.
cutting dough collage

Step 5: Roll ’em up

Pull apart the triangles (they’ll stretch….it’s okay), pat the shrimp dry and lay one shrimp on the wide end of the triangle (the BASE if you will).  Roll that sucker up all the way to the end.

roll collage

Step 6: Dip and bake

Press the top of the little bundle (the side opposite the pointy tail) into the sesame seeds.
Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 – 25 min. or until nicely browned.

dip collage

Step 7: Glaze

When the shrimp puffs are just about done place the Apricot Preserves (I use good old Smucker’s) in the microwave and cook for about 20 seconds until it is the consistency of a glaze.

Quickly brush the puffs with the glaze immediately after removing from the oven.
Best appetizer ever.
(Or dinner. I’ve eaten 12 easily before…and I’ll do it again).
shrimp puffs

And now after all this work taking and emailing and collaging and posting these photos I’m totally pinning this picture.
I’ve earned it.
I’ll even give the Pillsbury site another plug and a thank you for introducing me to these little nuggets of heaven because I’m a rule follower and I don’t want to be in violation of any kind of copyright laws which might ban me from ever making or eating shrimp puffs again and because of the whole Santa watching thing. Again.

Let me know if you try them…and how popular they make you.


  1. The Shaw Shack on November 29, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Perfect for a Christmas party coming up! Thanks!

  2. Sally on November 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    They look fantastic… any suggestions for a wine or cocktail pairing? 🙂

  3. Kaileigh on November 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the song….I guarantee I sing that over and over again allllll day lol

  4. Teri Biebel on November 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    They look delish but I’m too lazy. Can you make them for me?? I’ll serenade you with some Careless Memories!!

  5. Kimmyyy83 on November 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    LOL, when I was 10 I got to go on the weiner mobile, it drove through our town and I even got a weeny whistle. Good times. I could have turned blowing the weeny whistle into something totally inappropriate but I didn’t, I held back. Your welcome. So onto the apricot part. I am not a huge fan. Is it just a hint or will I want to cry?

  6. Becky on November 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    These look amazing and are in the running for lunch today!

    And, I’m not that old (not even 30 yet) and I know the Oscar Mayer weiner song that’s now stuck in my head!

  7. *LO* on November 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    omg. those look AMAZING. and your picture is WAY BETTER!

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