Bouchees Aux Fruits De Mer

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes


1 (10-ounce) package puff pastry shells
4 fresh parsley sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
5 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
1 pound peeled, medium-size fresh shrimp, halved
12 scallops, halved (1 pound)
18 peeled crawfish tails (3/4 pound), halved
1 1/2 cups dry white wine, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 shallots, minced
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 (8-ounce) jar clam juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley


Bake pastry shells according to package directions. Set aside.

Place fresh parsley sprigs, fresh thyme sprigs, and bay leaf on a 6-inch square of cheesecloth; tie with string. Set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add shrimp, scallops, and crawfish, and saute 4 minutes or until done. Stir in 1/2 cup wine and 2 tablespoons flour, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from skillet, and set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add shallots and mushrooms, and saute until tender. Stir in remaining 1 cup wine and herb bag. Bring to a boil. Stir in clam juice, and cook until liquid is reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 15 to 20 minutes). Discard herb bag.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat, and add 1/3 cup flour, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually stir into mushroom mixture.

Stir together yolk and sour cream. Add to mushroom mixture; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Spoon evenly into pastry shells, and top with seafood sauce. Garnish, if desired.

November 1998
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