Ramekins. They have been on my list of "things to buy for the kitchen" for a while now. To be more specific... since I fell in love with creme brule a couple years ago. On a recent trip to the Maxi & Cie (a local grocery store chain that now boasts quite the household, kitchen, and even clothing sections) I finally picked some up. I love President's Choice products and these babies were a steal!
When I brought them home I was thinking chocolate mousse, creme brule, cute little breakfast dishes. Alas...with the usual business of life, the ramekins got put away on in the kitchen cupboard and forgotten about for a couple weeks. It wasn't until I was looking for something to do with the scallops thawing for dinner last week that I finally got to use them.
My search (gotta love google!) lead me to this recipe for Mini Scallop Casseroles on the Taste of Home web site. With a review of 4 out of 5 for this healthy (and easy) recipe. I decided to give it a try.
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (I didn't actually include any mushrooms, but added extra vegetables for bulk)
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon pepper
2 cups fat-free milk
1 pound bay scallops
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a large skillet, saute the celery, mushrooms, green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the four, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add the milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
2. Reduce heat. Add scallops. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until scallops are firm and opaque.
3. Divide mixture among four 10 oz. ramekins or custard cups. In a small bowl, combine crumbs and butter, sprinkle over scallop mixture.
4. Bake, uncovered (I put the ramekins on a cookie sheet in case of spills) at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
I really liked this recipe.
Very creamy. Very yummy. Very easy... though not as quick as what I usually look for in dinner preparation and cooking time (but worth the extra time!). Great for leftovers - I thought they tasted even better the next day!
However... I did specify that "I" liked them because they weren't as appreciated by the rest of my family. With that said - if you (and your family) like chicken pot pie and are fans of scallops, I'm convinced that these mini casseroles will be a hit.