Last night I had to make dinner (scratch that, I didn’t HAVE to make dinner, I WANTED to make dinner) and I was going on very little sleep. I usually don’t get that much sleep, I do have a toddler who more often than not sneaks into our bedroom around 2 a.m. and seems to monopolize the entirety of our queen-sized bed, but I digress. Last night my child was sick. Like, I don’t want to turn you off your dinners so I’m not going to go into detail sick. This went from 1:30 until 5 a.m. with a 3 hour respite and then from 8:30 a.m. onwards. Ugh. So maybe I just wanted a minute to myself. To think about something other than baking soda and how to get a rug cleaner. I wanted to cook.
We had scallops the other night and have about a serving left. I keep thinking about re-heating it for lunch but ultimately don’t, and I don’t want it to go to waste, I had also defrosted some bacon because my daughter loves it SO much, but she’s not feeling good but I still sort of want to cook it. And save her some. For later. Of course.
So I decided I would make a Shrimp and Scallop Gratin. I have a couple of frozen shrimp still left, and I think a little bacon would give it some smokiness, and some drip white wine would be perfect. So this is what I’m thinking…
Take a serving of my scallop mixture from earlier.
I have 4 ramekins that are serving size which I bought at Michael’s for $0.69 at one time. Divide scallop mixture, shrimp (probably 4 per serving) some chopped scallions (2 total) and 1 clove of garlic, minced (again, total) and about a tbsp of wine per serving. Give it a quick stir. Add some salt and pepper. Top with a handful of parmesean cheese and some breadcrumbs (if you have Panko, now is the time to use it). I’m using cornbread. We happen to have two leftover cornbread muffins, that’s my breadcrumbs! Give it a squeeze of lemon and put ramekins on a baking sheet in a 375 preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. You’ll now it’s done several ways 1) the shrimp will be cooked through 2) the cheese will be nice and bubbly 3) the breadcrumbs will be browned. Top with some fresh scallions and serve.
So my toddler did not participate in tonight’s dinner making, for obvious reasons. She ate goldfish and I was really happy that she managed that. She also managed a piece of bacon…I think she may be on the mend…
If you wanted your toddler to help you with this dinner, I suggest that you have them help you ‘build’ each ramekin serving. Each item your toddler is touching will be cold, and they will not need knives to build. You can obviously do variations on these ramekins by adding vegetables, other herbs, etc.