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Baked Seafood Au Gratin
December 16, 2002

A few slight changes (reduced green pepper to 1/2 as I know my family's tastes). I turned the heat off immediately after adding the seafood and removed it after 3 minutes. Then I added some shrimp shells to the cooking water, reduced the seafood cooking water down to 2 cups, to make a more concentrated broth, strained it and used all of that and cut back on the milk called for by 1 cup. (thus 2 cups milk/2 cups reduced seafood broth... resulting in a much more veloute-like and less bechamel-like sauce) Using Monterey Jack cheese, much lighter in flavor, also created an overall lighter taste to the dish, without overpowering the seafood. I omitted the flounder and added more scallops. Next time I will try monkfish, which has a texture very much like lobster and holds together nicely when cooked. Since many have mentioned how good it tastes leftover/reheated, I made this in the morning, chilled it, brought it to room temp. prior to reheating and made my and my guests dinner experience much more relaxed. I served it over white rice along with lightly steamed asparagus and passed warmed homemade bread. Yummy!

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