Seafood Gratin

Happy New Year! I was looking on my facebook page and saw a friend of mine Kristen had posted her dinner menu for New Years Eve. Knowing what a fantastic cook she is I thought I would google her recipes. The first was a Seafood Gratin. I found a recipe from Ina Garten and instantly knew this was the one she was making. I knew that she prepared several of her recipes in the past. I quickly went to the store and bought all the ingredients to prepare this FABULOUS meal! It is a little labor intensive, but it is worth the effort! My husband thought it was a 10! My son and his girlfriend came over for dinner, they loved it as well. I loved the presentation in the individual serving ramekins. It was perfect for a New Years Eve Dinner. I would recommend making this for any special occasion. I think you could prepare this with any of your favorite seafood. I may try using scallops next time I prepare this dish…and I will be making this again. I had also prepared the mustard crusted red potatoes…YUM! I forgot to take a photo of this dish, but it was wonderful with this dish. Kristen had made fresh green beans, but I had a Broccoli casserole that I had made earlier in the week that I decided to heat up. I finished it off with my younger sons favorite Chocolate Fondue! It was a wonderful dinner for New Years! Thanks Kristen for posting your menu…NO BULL it was awesome!

For the sauce:
1 cup seafood stock or clam juice
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons good white wine, such as Chablis, divided
3 tablespoons tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
8 ounces raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut in half crosswise
8 ounces raw halibut, cut into1-inch chunks
8 ounces cooked lobster meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups julienned leeks, white and light green parts (2 large)
1 1/2 cups julienned carrots (3 carrots)
1 cup panko (Japanese dried bread crumbs)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place 4 individual gratin dishes on sheet pans. (If recipe is doubled serve it in a 14 by 9 1/4-inch oval gratin dish.)

For the sauce:
Combine the stock, cream, 1/2 cup of the wine, the tomato puree, and saffron in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and add the shrimp. After 3 minutes, use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp to a bowl. Add the halibut to the stock for 3 minutes, until just cooked through, and remove to the same bowl. Add the cooked lobster to the bowl.

Continue to cook the sauce until reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Mash 1 tablespoon of the butter together with the flour. Whisk the butter mixture into the sauce along with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saute pan. Add the leeks and carrots and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of wine, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until tender. Set aside.

Combine the panko, Parmesan, parsley, tarragon, and garlic. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and mix it into the crumbs until they’re moistened.

Divide the seafood among the 4 gratin dishes. Strew the vegetables on top of each dish. Pour the sauce equally over the seafood and vegetables and spoon the crumbs evenly on top. Bake for 20 minutes, until the top is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Serve hot.

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