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Scallops Florentine Casserole

Scallops Florentine Casserole


  • 1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1(6 ounce) bag prewashed baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup reduced fat pre-shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons plain dried breadcrumbs


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the scallops in the flour.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the scallops and brown on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and arrange in a casserole dish (a 7 x 11-inch size works well).
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook, stirring frequently, until the spinach wilts, about 4 minutes. Arrange the spinach over the scallops.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour turns golden, about 2 minutes. Add the milk, stirring constantly and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer and stir gently until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in the sherry and pour the cheese mixture over the scallops and spinach in the casserole dish.
  7. Top with the breadcrumbs and the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.

Nutrition Information: Calories: 330 Fat: 16g(4g saturated) Sodium:490mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Protein: 31g Calcium: 30% Vitamin A: 30% Vitamin C: 15% Iron: 10%

Recipe and photo credit: National Fisheries Institute


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