- 1/2 pound sea scallops
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 celery rib, finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 6 tablespoons sherry or apple juice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 can (6 ounces) crab
- 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, chopped and patted dry
- 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1/2 cup Diamond of California Sliced Almonds
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- In a Dutch oven, saute the scallops, onion and celery in butter until scallops are firm and opaque. Stir in the flour until blended. Add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cheddar cheese, sherry, salt and cayenne, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- In a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish, layer with shrimp, crab, artichokes and water chestnuts. Top with sauce. Sprinkle with almonds and cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Special Seafood Casserole in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p50
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
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