This week, our special item from the Mermaid Garden CSF was day boat scallops from Cape Cod (along with a monkfish fillet, but more on that later). They were caught “by James Bergstrom, Captain of the F/V Honi Do, an otter trawler out of West Chatham, Massachusetts.” (Cape Cod holds a special place in my heart, so I was thrilled when I heard about these scallops).
As with most fish and shellfish, my experience is limited and I was nervous about ruining them. Overcooking scallops would be a terrible thing! That being said, my two iterations of scallops this weekend were great!
The first was a baked scallops gratin, adapted from the blog, Bell’Alimento. I actually booked marked this recipe months ago and was excited to finally have a chance to try it.
These scallops are tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper and dried oregano and thyme. They are baked in ramekins (my favorite cooking vessel), sprinkled with breadcrumbs and dotted with butter. They were great and I’d definitely keep this recipe in my back pocket!
But, honestly, we also made simple seared scallops and woah!
I just tossed together some flour, salt and pepper and dried herbs – I again used oregano and thyme. I rolled the remaining scallops in this flour mixture so they were evenly coated on all sides.
I heated a little olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and added the scallops. I seared them on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the scallops.
I had planned to make a sauce to toss the scallops in with a little lemon juice, wine, butter and shallots, but these scallops, honestly, didn’t need it! They were perfectly tender, cooked to perfection – meaty with a nice caramelization. They were like butter! Wow!
In addition to these two scallop dishes, my roommate Ashley made a kick-ass teriyaki marinated salmon, which she sautéed. She made a simple par-boiled rice as a side and some green beans. Again, a simple dish that was so delicious!
It was a veritable feast and a pretty healthy meal all in all. What can I say, in this apartment, we are pretty fancy! #roommatebonding