RECIPE

Seafood Newburg on Buttered Toast Points

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 rounded tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (eyeball it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika (eyeball it)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg (eyeball it)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 scallops, muscle discarded, patted dry
  • 12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound lump crab meat
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay brand
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • 20 blades fresh chives, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Preparation

In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and cream and heat through, about 10 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the sherry, paprika and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes.


Pre-heat the broiler.


Season the scallops, shrimp and crab with salt and pepper. Season the crab with the Old Bay. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the EVOO, one turn of the pan, over high heat. Add the scallops and cook, turning once, until browned on each side, 4-6 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Add the crab for the last 3 minutes of cooking and heat through. Return the scallops to the pan, pour the sauce evenly over the seafood and remove from the heat.


Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the broiler on each side, then spread with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Halve each piece of toast to make triangles. Place four toast triangles on each of four dinner plates, spoon the seafood Newburg on top and sprinkle with the chives and almonds.

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