Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Age is not important unless you're a cheese."
Helen Hayes, Actress

The refrigerator light goes on...

I was researching gratin recipes when I created the Potato and Three Onion Gratin. There are a lot of definitions of what a gratin is but basically it's almost any recipe such as this one that's baked after having been topped with bread crumbs or cheese (or both). The sweetness of the scallops works great with the savory, umami taste of the mushrooms. The breadcrumbs and cheese add an almost decadent richness to the dish.


Scallops Gratin

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

1 slice whole wheat or gluten-free bread
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1/8 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp olive oil
spray olive oil
12 ounces crimini or button mushrooms (quartered)
1 tsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp unsalted butter
12 ounces sea scallops
2 ounces fontina cheese (shredded)

Toast the slice of whole wheat bread until golden brown.

Place the bread in a blender or mini chopper and add the basil, marjoram, tarragon and olive oil. Process until fine bread crumbs.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Spray a large non-stick pan with olive oil. Place the pan over medium-high heat and add the mushrooms. Cook, tossing frequently, for about 10 - 15 minutes until the mushrooms are well caramelized.

Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and cook for another two minutes. Add the chicken stock and the salt. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken and add the butter. Remove from the pan to a small bowl.

Clean and dry the pan and place over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil and after the pan is hot add the sea scallops. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side until seared light brown.

Place the seared scallops into two au gratin or other shallow oven proof dishes. Top each dish with half of the mushroom mixture and then half of the bread crumbs.

Place in the preheated oven and cook for about 12 minutes (depending on the size of the individual scallops). Top with the cheese and cook for another 2 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with sauce

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 383 Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15g 23%
    Saturated Fat 7g 36%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 580mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 24% Iron 10%
Vitamin K 7 mcg Potassium 1378 mg
Magnesium 126 mg