Daybreak Segment: Appetizers and dessert for your Thanksgiving celebration

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Deciding what to make your guests for Thanksgiving can be a daunting task.

Scottie Johnson, a private chef from Houston County and winner of the Georgia Seafood festival, has a few ideas. He invited 41NBC into his kitchen to teach us how to make cornbread crab stuffed butterflied barbecue shrimp as an appetizer and cherries jubilee for dessert.

Click on the video to see how to make the dishes.

Cornbread Crab Stuffed Butterflied Barbecue Shrimp


12-14 large shrimp, peeled and deveined

6 ounces special crab meat

1/4 cup mayo

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp old bay

1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp finely chopped parsley

1 large egg lightly beaten.

1/4 cup cornbread crumbs

1/4 cup bourbon BBQ sauce


Preheat Oven 400.

Mix mayo, egg, sugar, seasonings, peppers, cornbread crumbs, and parsley together and mix well. Gently mix crab meat until incorporated. 

Set aside in refrigerator and allow to set.

Meanwhile, butterfly the shrimp. Peel shrimp, leaving tail section on. Make a deep cut along the top of each shrimp (try not to cut all the way through); remove the vein. Open and place shrimp flat on dish, rub with BBQ sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Remove stuffing mixture from refrigerator and place a spoonful on top of each shrimp, top with bread crumbs. Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 min or until shrimp is pink and stuffing golden brown. Remove and garnish with more chopped parsley and lemon wedge.

Cherries Jubilee 


1 pint vanilla ice cream

1 pound fresh, ripe sweet dark cherries, pitted or frozen

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1 lemon

1/3 cup coconut rum

1/3 cup grand Marnier 



Scoop the ice cream into 4 glasses and place in the freezer until ready to serve.


Put the cherries, sugar and cinnamon in a large skillet. With a peeler make a couple strips of zest from the lemon and add to the cherries. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the top. Stir to combine evenly. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high until cherries are juicy, about 5 minutes more.


Now to flambé the alcohol: If cooking over a gas flame, pull the pan off the heat and add the rum. Ignite the alcohol with a long match. Swirl the pan slightly until the flames subside, about 30 seconds.

Spoon the sauce over prepared ice cream. Serve immediately.

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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.