OMG, it's my very first table scape! I'm so excited. It's not crazy good, but it was for a real dinner party! Valentine's Day is really for the young and newly weds, IMO. Sure, it's nice to go out, but everything is so crowded and really, it's just annoying to see so many try so hard to be romantic. Who needs that kind of pressure? M and I (okay, really just me) decided to have a dinner party instead. We had 2 of our couple friends (and their kids) over instead.
We had salad (provided by one of the couples), shrimp and scallops en croute (recipe to follow), bake asparagus, broccoli and Erdbeer-Sahne Torte-Strawberry Cream Cake-(provided by the other couple). It was so nice and laid back. We actually decided to do this the morning of, so it was all a bit hurried (on my part). Not really romantic, but that's okay. We all had a great time.
Indy even put on a tie for the ladies. He told me that's what you do when you have dinner with girls on Valentine's Day. Smooth. They all have girls, so it was just him and 3 little girls at the kids table. We are so in trouble in a few years.
Shrimp and Scallops En Croute (about 4 servings)
1 sheet of puff pastry
10oz pkg scallops (cut in half if they are large)*
8oz pkg small shrimp (I use precooked salad shrimp)*
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c shredded cheese (I use the Italian mix)
salt and pepper to taste
*I use small packages of frozen (thawed), but fresh will work too.
Cut puff pastry into desired shape (I used a heart shaped cookie cutter for V-Day) and then cut another the same size and shape. Cut the center out of the second shape and rub one side with a small amount of water. Place the damp side on top of the solid shape and press gently. When they cook, they will form a bowl.
While the pastry cooks (keep in mind that it takes the pasty a lot longer to cook than the filling), heat small amount of oil in deep frying pan or wok (I like to use the wok) and cook the shrimp and scallops until the scallops ar, e done (about 3-5 minutes). Add soup, milk and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat thoroughly and spoon into warm pastry shells. Done! This is so easy to make and makes a big impact. Indy loves this dish and always asks for seconds.
Thanks for visiting me on my first table scape and let me know if you try the recipe. It's delish!