Seafood Au Gratin

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Once in awhile I crave a rich creamy cheesy seafood dish, and this by far is my favorite. It isn’t difficult to make, you can use shrimp, lobster, crab, or scallops,  and doesn’t take much time to make . You wont be disappointed in the flavor either. Enjoy !!

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs of seafood. You can use just one or all doesn’t matter as long as its around 2 lbs. Shrimp, lobster, lump crab, and scallops. If scallops are large cut in half, if using lobster chop in med size pieces.
  • 4 tablespoons of real butter
  • 4 tablespoons Sherry- or cooking Sherry
  • 5 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup crushed Ritz cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Romano or Parm cheese. Fresh shredded not the bottled cheese.
  • 1 tablespoon of either paprika or old bay seasoning

Cream Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 cups whole milk or half and half

 

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan; slowly stir in flour and cook for a minute; add milk or half and half and stir constantly until sauce thicken. Five to 8 minutes.
  2. 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saute pan and saute the 2lbs of seafood .
  3. Once the seafood is sauteed  add sherry, sharp cheese, and hot cream sauce to the pan and mix well .
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat thoroughly and pour into a 9×9 casserole, pie dish, or individual au gratins.
  6. Sprinkle top with cracker crumbs, Romano/Parm cheese, and paprika or Old Bay.
  7. Dot with remaining butter and cook at 350 degrees until golden brown; about 20-25 min.

 

 

Maryland Crab Dip

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Now that I am living in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay  half of the year,  I find myself liking crab a tad more. Im still not a big “picker” but I do enjoy lump crab to add to soups , dips, and stuffings. I think crab dip has to be one of my favorites …. I usually don’t even want to share. I do truly believe that your only making it right if you are making it from a Maryland recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4  cup  sour cream
  • 8 0z of plain cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder (do not use garlic salt)
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 3/4 cup sharp, or reg cheddar cheese ( I use sharp )
  • Old Bay or J. O. ‘s seasoning

Directions:

  1. Mix together sour cream, onion, Worcestershire,  mustard, garlic powder, lemon juice, and cream cheese. Mix really well.

  2. Fold in cheddar cheese and lump crabmeat. ( Save just a little cheese to sprinkle on top )

  3. Spoon mixture into an oven safe dish and sprinkle top with some cheese, plus J. O.  or Old Bay Seasoning.

  4. Bake at 325 * for 35 minutes uncovered.

Serve in a small bread bowl or just in the dish with crackers or toasted breads ….. enjoy !!!