Scallop Gratins with Lemon-Garlic Butter

From Epicurious... These were great.  Very simple and delicious, even using frozen scallops!  The fresh bread crumbs for the topping are essential, really makes the dish.  Serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices... Delicious summer dish!  ~Tracy K

5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1 1/2 lbs sea scallops, side muscles trimmed (you can also substitute large shrimp for half the scallops)

Mix 4 tablespoons chopped parsley, butter, chopped shallot, minced garlic, and grated lemon peel in medium bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  (Seasoned butter can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.  Add breadcrumbs; sauté until crisp and golden, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to plate.

Rub some of seasoned butter on bottom and sides of four 1 1/4-cup ramekins or custard cups.  Divide scallops among prepared dishes.  Spread 1 teaspoon remaining seasoned butter atop scallops in each dish.  Top with breadcrumbs, dividing equally.  Dot breadcrumbs with remaining seasoned butter.

Place scallop gratins on large baking sheet.  Bake until scallops are cooked through, about 20 minutes or until scallops are opaque.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and serve.

4 servings
35 minutes (15 min prep, 20 min cooking)