For those that love seafood as much as my family does, I am sharing the recipe for this superb casserole.
2 pounds bay scallops ( the tiny ones. The large scallops do not do well. Oh, and not frozen.)
1 4-sleeve package Ritz crackers
2 sticks butter
salt and pepper
1 quart half and half
Butter a 2-quart casserole and set aside.
Rinse and drain the scallops.
Coarsely crush 1/2 sleeve of crackers and place in the bottom of the casserole. Add 1/3 of the scallops, dot with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add another layer of crackers to cover the scallops and continue layering scallops, butter and crackers until you get to the top, ending with a hefty layer of Ritz.
Pour half and half over the top of the casserole until it barely reaches the top. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Remove the cover for the last 15 minutes to allow the cracker topping to crisp. Serve hot.
This makes enough for 16 guests as a side.
I would have taken a picture, but when I finally thought of getting the camera out, it had all been consumed!
There's always next year.