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Seafood Casserole | What's In My Fridge Door

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Seafood Casserole | What's In My Fridge Door

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Every couple months I like to play this game I call "What's in my fridge door?" where I basically raid my fridge, freezer and pantry for food items that are about to expire or have been sitting on the shelf for several months. Recently, the challenge was "casseroles" so I decided it was the perfect time to make a dump casserole with all the goodies I could find in my kitchen.

After assessing the ingredients I had on hand: some partially freezer burnt shrimp (I picked out the good ones), a mysterious "white fish" that I think was probably tilapia, and a can of condensed clam chowder (don't ask me why I had this?); along with a mix of chopped broccoli and shallot, frozen corn and mushrooms; I decided to create a seafood combo unlike anything I'd ever made - and it was DELICIOUS!

The condensed clam chowder works as an excellent base to the whole casserole, helping it all stick together with some help from an egg. I seasoned the base with a touch of Old Bay seasoning and marjoram - though I only used marjoram because I had a bunch on hand, you can totally use thyme or oregano.

The crust of the casserole was pretty simple too - panko bread crumbs, Old Bay seasoning and butter. But to really help hold it all together, I added a handful of mozzarella cheese because, why not?

While it certainly doesn't look appetizing once it's all stirred together, once the crust is on and it's baked, looks cease to matter. What matters here is that it tasted great!

As with most casseroles, there aren't many pretty ways to serve them. Ultimately, you're ending up with a pile of deliciousness on your plate. With a crunchy topping and a savory filling, this seafood "surprise" was definitely the best way I could have used up all the random ingredients in my kitchen.

Even my boyfriend, who has pretty high standards when it comes to my cooking, absolutely raved about this meal and asked for me to make it again sometime - and while it might be hard to recreate exactly as I did that day, now that I have the ingredients written down, I think I might able to get it pretty close!

Categories: Dinner , 52 Weeks of Cooking , What's in my fridge door?

Tags: Seafood , Shrimp , Clams , Casserole , Tilapia

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Seafood Casserole | What's In My Fridge Door

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Makes 4-6 servings

For Seafood Casserole:

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  • 1 cup shrimp, thawed if frozen
  • 8 oz condensed clam chowder
  • 1 lb tilapia (or comparable white fish)
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram (or thyme)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 egg

For Topping:

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  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh parsley, for topping (optional)
  • cooking spray or oil

Here's How:

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  1. Thaw any frozen ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, white fish and creamed clams. Stir in the chopped broccoli, shallots and garlic. Mix in the corn and mushrooms. Stir in the egg, mustard and seasonings then mix until everything is combined sufficiently.
  2. Grease a casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread the seafood mixture in an even layer in the bottom of the dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, panko, shredded mozzarella, Old Bay, and sea salt. Spread the panko mix evenly over the seafood mixture.
  3. Bake the casserole for 20-25 minutes. If the top doesn't turn golden brown, broil for an additional 5-8 minutes until the panko crust is golden. Sprinkle on fresh parsley, as desired. Serve with your favorite veggies or frozen sides (whatever you can find in your freezer!) and enjoy!

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