Seafood of the Week – Scallops

December 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Posted in scallops, seafood, Seafood of the Week | Leave a comment
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An edge-on view of a live scallop with the valves open

An edge-on view of a live scallop with the valves open

A scallop (/ˈskɒləp/ or /ˈskæləp/; from Old French escalope, meaning “shell”) is a common name applied to many species of marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae, the scallops. Scallops are a cosmopolitan family, found in all of the world’s oceans.
Many scallops are highly prized as a food source; the name “scallop” is also applied to the meat of these animals when it is used as seafood. The brightly colored, fan-shaped shells of some scallops, with their radiating, fluted patterns, are valued by shell collectors, and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art and design.

 

 

 

Most scallops are free-living, but some species can attach to a substrate by a structure called a byssus, or even be cemented to their substrate as adults (e.g. Hinnites spp.). Other scallops can extend a “foot” from between their valves. By then contracting the foot, they can burrow themselves deeper into sand. A free-living scallop can swim by rapidly opening and closing its shell. This method of locomotion is also a defensive technique, protecting it from threatening predators. So-called singing scallops can make an audible, soft popping sound as they flap their shells underwater.

 

 

A live opened scallop showing the internal anatomy

A live opened scallop showing the internal anatomy

 

By far the largest wild scallop fishery is for the Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) found off northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Most of the rest of the world’s production of scallops is from Japan (wild, enhanced, and aquaculture), and China (mostly cultured Atlantic bay scallops).
Scallops are most commonly harvested using scallop dredges or bottom trawls. Recently, scallops harvested by divers, hand-caught on the ocean floor, have entered the marketplace. In contrast to scallops captured by a dredge across the sea floor, diver scallops tend to be less gritty. They are also more ecologically friendly, as the harvesting method does not cause damage to undersea flora or fauna. In addition, dredge-harvesting methods often result in delays of up to two weeks before the scallops arrive at market, which can cause the flesh to break down, and results in a much shorter shelf life.

 

 

 

On the east coast of the United States, over the last 100 years, the populations of bay scallops have greatly diminished due to several factors, but probably is mostly due to reduction in sea grasses (to which bay scallop spat attach) caused by increased coastal development and concomitant nutrient runoff. Another possible factor is reduction of sharks from overfishing. A variety of sharks used to feed on rays, which are a main predator of bay scallops. With the shark population reduced — in some places almost eliminated — the rays have been free to feed on scallops to the point of greatly decreasing their numbers. By contrast, the Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) is at historically high levels of abundance after recovery from overfishing.

 

 

Dried scallops, also known as conpoy

Dried scallops, also known as conpoy

 

Scallops are characterized by having two types of meat in one shell: the adductor muscle, called “scallop”, which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft.
Sometimes, markets sell scallops already prepared in the shell, with only the adductor muscle intact. Outside the U.S., the scallop is often sold whole. In Galician cuisine, scallops are baked with bread crumbs, ham, and onions. In the UK and Australia, they are available both with and without the roe. The roe is also usually eaten.
Scallops without any additives are called “dry packed”, while scallops that are treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) are called “wet packed”. STPP causes the scallops to absorb moisture prior to the freezing process, thereby increasing the weight. The freezing process takes about two days.
In Japanese cuisine, scallops may be served in soup or prepared as sashimi or sushi. Dried scallop is known in Cantonese Chinese cuisine as conpoy.

In a sushi bar, hotategai is the traditional scallop on rice, and while kaibashira may be called scallops, it is actually the adductor muscle of any kind of shellfish, e.g. mussels, oysters, or clams.
Scallops have lent their name to the culinary term ‘scalloped’, which originally referred to seafood creamed and served hot in the shell. Today, it means a creamed casserole dish such as scalloped potatoes, which contains no seafood at all.

 

 

 

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Baked Scallops and Pop Corn Shrimp w/ Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti

June 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Posted in pasta, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, scallops, seafood, shrimp | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Baked Scallops and pop Corn Shrimp w/ Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti

 

 
It was just one of those blah days today. Nothing going on and not a thing to do, very bored. For dinner it was Seafood night! I had some Bay Scallops in the freezer that I let thaw overnight in the fridge. With them I had a small box of Pop Corn Shrimp along with some Thin Spaghetti.

 

 
Tried a new recipe for the Bay Scallops, I found it on the All Recipes web site (Baked Scallops). Besides my Scallops I needed 4 Baked Scallops and Pop Corn Shrimp 006tablespoons butter (melted), 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 3 cloves garlic (minced), and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. To prepare it I preheated the oven to 400 degrees F. Poured the melted butter into a 2 quart oval casserole dish. Distributing the butter and scallops evenly inside the dish. I combined the bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkled the mixture over the scallops. Then baked at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the Scallops were firm. They came out delicious! The butter and spices provided a great taste and the bread crumbs gave it a nice crunch. A keeper recipe!

 

 
To go with my Baked Scallops I also baked some Sea Pak Pop Corn Shrimp. One of my favorite boxed Shrimp. They come frozen and all you have to do is bake them for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. I only had about a half serving, to cut back the calories and carbs since they are breaded. I also prepared some Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti. I also had some Del Monte Seafood Dip on the side for the Scallops and Shrimp. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.

 

 
Baked Scallops
“Delicious baked scallops with butter and garlic. Bay scallops are the little ones and they tend to be sweeter tasting than sea scallops.”
INGREDIENTS:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops, rinsed and
drained
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Pour melted butter into a 2 quart oval casserole dish. Distribute butter and scallops evenly inside the dish.
3. Combine the bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle this mixture over the scallops.
4. Bake in pre-heated oven until scallops are firm, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition
Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 363
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 19g
Cholesterol: 88mg
Sodium: 565mg
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs: 15.6g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9g
Protein: 31.3g
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Scallops/Detail.aspx?nextItemId=18234&position=0&prop24=RD_RecipeArrow_Left

 

 

 

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g)
Servings per Container: About 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 15

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1.5g 2%

Saturated Fat 0 0%

Trans Fat 0

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%

Dietary Fiber 5g 20%

Sugars 2g

Protein 9g

 
http://ronzonihealthyharvest.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=003340006503

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