Shrimp fiesta is an example of a casserole recipe that uses canned soup as a base for the sauce. The recipe combines cooked shrimp with a can of soup and other ingredients. Biscuit dough spread with pimento and cheese is rolled up and cut into slices that are baked on top of the casserole. It is quick to put together and bakes in about 25 minutes.
The recipe comes from a booklet titled “For Variety Cook with Soup”. It was published by the H. J. Heinz Company sometime around the late 1950s to early 1960s. There is no date on the booklet. It comes from some that Mom collected and kept in her big Betty Crocker cookbook.
Condensed canned soup was developed in 1897 by a chemist who worked for the Campbell Company. Companies that produced canned condensed soups frequently published booklets containing recipes featuring their products and those could be found in the soup aisles at grocery stores from the 1940s on. New recipes were developed frequently and some of the most memorable classic recipes from the 1950s use condensed soup. Think green bean casserole.
The recipe will serve 6.
- 1/4 cup of chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 cans Heinz Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 3/4 lb. cooked shrimp, diced
- 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups of biscuit mix (follow directions on package for rolled biscuits)
- 1/3 cup chopped pimiento
- 1/2 cup grated process American cheese
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
Saute the onion and green pepper in the butter until tender. Add the soup and the next 4 ingredients. Pour into the casserole. Roll the biscuit dough into a 12″x7″x1/4″ rectangle. Spread the dough with the cheese and pimento. Roll the dough up, beginning with the long side. Cut into 1 inch slices and place those on top of the shrimp mixture in the casserole. Bake 25 minutes.
The biscuits are placed cut side down on top of the casserole. The soup, shrimp and other ingredients are put together in a sauce pan.
Other cooked seafood or fish can be used in the recipe.
The pimento can be left out.
For variation other condensed cream soups could be used such as cheese or mushroom with garlic.
Instead of biscuit mix you can use your own recipe for homemade biscuits. Bake the extras from a 2 cup of flour recipe in another pan.
Canned biscuits could be used, if you must. Pat the biscuit dough out into a rectangle.
Less seafood or fish could be used if you make up the difference with cooked vegetables such as peas and carrots.