Made from scratch this creamy seafood bake is a family tradition. Prawn, scallops and flounder fillets are combined in a white sauce then baked on a crabmeat base. Beautiful.
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! - 16 Dec 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I actually wish I could have offered 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 because I would like to make a recommendation that would make it taste even better. My family and I thought it was very good but too pasty. I think if the flour were maybe a 1/4 cup less and cooked for less time then the recipe suggests, it wouldn't come out so pasty like. All in all though, very good. I changed the seafood a little and didn't use fillet bits but 1 lb of shrimp, 1lb of lump crab and 1lb of scallops. I also served it over rice and steamed broccoli. Also, the recipe took more than 20 minutes to prepare...more like 30+ for me because of peeling the shrimp prior to mixing all the seafood with the other ingredients. It is an expensive dish as other reviews have suggested but it's worth it and definitely something to serve when you have dinner guests. - 19 Nov 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This was awesome and leftovers were even better! The only changes I did was... instead of water, I used 2 cups clam juice (major flavor booster) and only 2 cups milk. Pretty much followed the main recipe other than that. thanks for sharing a great recipe. - 28 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)