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Creamed Shrimp & Scallops

Creamed Shrimp & Scallops on Butter Pastry

by Ann Kennedy

(Pair with Traditional Mead)

For the pastry:

* 2 cups flour

* 1 t salt

* 1 egg

* 8 T frozen, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

* 5 - 6 T cold water

For the creamed shellfish mixture:

* 1 ½ cups whole milk

* ½ cup Half and Half

* 2 T unsalted butter

* 2-½ T flour

* ½ t salt

* dash of white pepper

* ¼ t nutmeg

* ½ cup Gruyere or Muenster cheese, chopped

* 2-½ T raw orange blossom honey

* 1 t Dijon mustard

* Granny Smith apple, ½ peeled and chopped, ½ unpeeled for garnish

* 1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed

* 1 lb. sea scallops

Prepare the pastry as for any pie crust, or use a food processor.

If using a food processor, combine flour, salt and butter and process until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and process for about 20 seconds. Gradually add water a little at a time, processing until dough forms a ball and comes off the sides of the work bowl. Do not over-process.

Wrap and refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.

Cover a large baking sheet with parchment and roll dough directly onto parchment as thin as possible.

Salt the dough lightly and cut into 1"x 5" strips, or use a round cookie cutter, also baking whatever scraps remain.

Bake at 400-degrees about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside.

Prepare the sauce as follows:

Melt the butter in a large sauce pan. Just as it begins to brown a little, add the flour and stir until incorporated. Gradually add the milk and Half and Half, whisking constantly on very low heat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. When the mixture coats the spoon, add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in the cheese, mustard and raw honey and whisk until thoroughly combined and mixture has thickened. Add the apple and remove skillet from heat.

Put 1 cup of water in another saucepan, add ½ t salt, and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and scallops, swirl pan briefly, cover and remove from heat for 4 minutes.

Drain well, and add the shellfish to the cream sauce and keep warm.

Put several strips or rounds of pastry on each plate and top with the creamed mixture.

Garnish plate with a fan of thin green apple slices and a sprig of fresh dill.

Note: Frozen or homemade puff pastry may be used in place of the firmer crust, if desired.

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