OK, I have been VERY bad about posting recipes – been busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest… but Fall is coming, and Fall is COOKING season!!!   I have cracked the whip with my daughter Tory, whom I know has been cooking up a storm on her own –  to start posting recipes, and I will too!  I have a TON of great, simple tasty recipes – especially the ones I use in my cooking classes…… and all are coming!
Anyway, here is a good one… not for the diet, but boy oh boy, REALLY tasty!
Dan’s Lazy Man’s Lobster…..and stuff!
Decided on sea food the other night, definitely a lobster day.  Didn’t feel like cooking and shelling a couple of crustaceans, so I bought a 7 ounce pkg of frozen Main lobster meat, and went to town with a bunch of other stuff I had kicking around.  Thought shrimp, crab, scallops and lobster, perhaps a  bit of lemon zest for acidity and simmered in butter sounded pretty good…….. so I went to town!  The result was a really nice, buttery, lemony seafood dish.  Sometimes, my Super Stop and Shop has some cooked lobsters for sale for about 5 bucks a pound – would be worth buying one for the tail meat, since the frozen packages are all arm and claw meat – but hey, lobster is lobster…. still tastes good!  If you let the mixture sit before you put it in the oven, it thickens a bit, which is nice….
Here are the ingredients:
1 small shallot, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup frozen bay scallops, thawed
8 jumbo shrimp, thawed, and shelled
1 can white crab meat, drained
zest of one lemon
1 stick butter, divided
½ cup minced frozen tri color peppers
2 oz dry white wine
kosher salt, fresh ground pepper to taste
¾ cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese
In a med fry pan, sautee shallots, and garlic till tender over med high heat.  Add white wine, 3 tbs butter, shrimp and scallops, and sautee till sea food is tender and translucent – about 4 or 5 minutes or so.  Add peppers, crab, salt and pepper,lemon zest, and stir until peppers are thawed, and mixture is steaming – about 3 minutes or so.
Set oven to broil.
Melt remaining butter in a cup in the microwave.  Pour ½ into seafood mixture, and mix the remaining ½ with the Panko and Parmesan cheese.  Ladle seafood mixture into two oven ready ramekins ( about 10 oz), and cover with the buttered bread crumbs.
Set ramekins under broiler for about 5 minutes, till bread crumb topping is brown and seafood is bubbling.  Serve with side dish of rice or veggie – I sautéed Brussels Sprouts with shallots and garlic for this dish, and served with an awesome California Chardonnay… YUMMMM… very simple, incredibly decadent, and cost about $25 for 4 servings…… can’t beat that!

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