Scallops In Shells

Oxmoor House
4 servings


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1 pound fresh bay scallops
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/4 cup butter or margarine, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons sherry
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
1/4 cup soft breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
Fresh parsley sprigs
Lemon wedges


Combine scallops and cold water to cover in a large saucepan. Let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse scallops. Return to saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Drain; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and set aside.

Sauté mushrooms and onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in scallops. Cover and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese, sherry, lemon rind and juice, remaining salt, and pepper. Cook sauce 1 minute.

Add 1 cup sauce to scallop mixture. Spoon scallop mixture evenly into 4 scallop shells. Spoon remaining sauce evenly over scallop mixture.

Combine breadcrumbs and melted butter; sprinkle evenly over scallop mixture. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

Created date

February 2010