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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Surf (Scallops) and Turf (5 oz Buffalo Sirloin) w/ Sauteed Mushrooms, Baked Potato…

March 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM | Posted in bison, mushrooms, potatoes, scallops, seafood | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Surf (Scallops) and Turf (5 oz Buffalo Sirloin) w/ Sauteed Mushrooms, Baked Potato, and baked Garlic Knot Bread

 

 

 
I had no clue on what to have for dinner tonight, even considered going out for dinner. When I get those urges I just go on-line and to Scallops and Buffalo 5 oz 001the restaurants web site and look at all the calories, carbs, and fat that’s in their food and that pretty much squashes that urge to eat out! So I hit some current cooking magazines I had and came across a Scallop dish that looked and sounded too good to pass, Basil – Lime Scallops. With the Scallops I added a Wild Idea Petite 5 oz. Buffalo Sirloin. I had tonight’s dinner, Surf (Scallops) and Turf (5 oz Buffalo Sirloin) w/ Sauteed Mushrooms, Baked Potato, and baked Garlic Knot Bread! After eating I’m very glad I stayed home and cooked instead of going out!

 

 

To make the Basil – Lime Scallops you’ll need; 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Basil, 1 Teaspoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce, 1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Clove Garlic, minced, 1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, and 8 Jumbo Sea Scallops. I had purchased the Scallops last week at Kroger and had them in the freezer. To prepare them start off by whisking Basil, Lime Juice, Soy Sauce, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Red Pepper Flakes in a shallow bowl until smooth and well blended. Add Scallops; turn to coat evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook Scallops 3 minutes per side or until desired doneness is reached. There are 2 Scallops a serving. You can Garnish with Lime Wedges (Optional). If you need an easy and delicious Scallop recipe you have one here! The marinade is perfect for Scallops, i think it might go good with Shrimp also. There are 92 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 5 carbs per serving, 2 Scallops. The recipe is at the end of the post.

 

 

To go along with the Scallops I had a Wild Idea Buffalo 5 oz. Petite Sirloin Steak, Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms, a Baked Potato, and baked Garlic Knot Bread. As always, as of late, I used a Wild Idea Buffalo as my choice of Bison Steak. I used a 5 oz. Petite Buffalo Sirloin that I seasoned with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. I pan fried it in Canola Oil, about 4 minutes per side to medium rare. As usual the Buffalo came out sweet, juicy, and just flat out delicious! Thank you Wild Idea! I topped it with some Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms. I also had a Baked Potato and Baked Garlic Knot Bread which is from the Walmart Bakery. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 
Basil – Lime Scallops
Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Basil
1 Teaspoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
8 Jumbo Sea Scallops

 
Directions:
1. Whisk Basil, Lime Juice, Soy Sauce, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Red Pepper Flakes in a shallow bowl until smooth and well blended. Add Scallops; turn to coat evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook Scallops 3 minutes per side or until desired doneness is reached.

3. 2 Scallops a serving. Garnish with Lime Wedges (Optional).

Shrimp, Scallop, and Crawfish Gumbo

August 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM | Posted in gumbo, low calorie, low carb, scallops, seafood, shrimp | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp, Scallop, Crawfish Gumbo
Gumbo for dinner tonight! If you want a quick but yet delicious and thick Gumbo you’ll have to try Luzianne Gumbo Dinner Kit. It contains a packet that contains the Rice, Vegetables, Seasoning, and Roux Mix. I added Shrimp, Crawfish, Scallops, Potatoes, and Mini Carrots. It was the first time I used Crawfish. I purchased it when I ordered the Gator Meat from the Cajun Grocer on-line the other day. The Crawfish Tail fit right in with the Shrimp and Scallops. It came out delicious! The Seafood and the Roux too good! Plus a lot leftover to freeze and have later. I left the recipe and Gumbo description at the end of the post. We had a side of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread to go along with the Gumbo and soak up some of that wonderful Roux. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

Ingredients

1 Pound of Shrimp, Crawfish, and Sea Scallops

2 Small Russet Potatoes (Diced)

10 or more Mini Carrots

6 Cups of Water

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pepper, Sea Salt for seasoning

1 Box of Luzianne Gumbo Dinner Kit

*Dice the Russet Potatoes and microwave for 4 minutes to soften

*In a 4-5 Quart pot,bring water and Olive Oil to a boil

*Add Luzianne Gumbo while stirring

*Empty half of the Red Pepper Packet into the Gumbo. Put remainder aside.

*Reduce Heat , Cover and simmer for 18 minutes. Meanwhile cut the Sea Scallops in half, peel the raw Shrimp.

*Taste, and if desired, add remaining Red Pepper from packet and Sea Salt. Add the Shrimp, Scallops, Crawfish, Mini carrots and Potatoes. Cover and continue to simmer for 7 more minutes.

 

Luzianne Gumbo Dinner Kit

Description:
Gumbo is a thick Cajun “soup,” containing any combination of vegetables, meats, poultry or seafood and served over rice. Just add chicken, seafood or meat to complete a full meal for your entire family in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
Rice, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Modified Food Starch, Flour, Onion, Natural Flavors, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Paprika, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Celery, Garlic Spices, Red Pepper, Sugar, Carmel Color, Sodium Sulfite As A Preservative.

Directions:
You can turn ordinary chicken, meat or seafood into exciting meals easily with Luzianne Cajun and Creole Dinners. Each Dinner is a blend of rice, authentic Cajun or Creole seasonings and chipped vegetables. All you do is add your own chicken, meat, or seafood, simmer for 25 minutes and serve. There’s a separate red pepper packet to add Cajun spice to suit your taste.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/5 box (45.4 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.0g2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Sodium 760mg32%
Total Carbohydrates 33.0g11%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g4%
Sugars 3.0g
Protein 4.0g

Scallops and Linguine

March 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, scallops, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Scallops and Linguine w/ Whole Grain Bread

It’s been way too long since I’ve had this, Scallops and Linguine! Came across the Scallops at our local Kroger the other day and they looked too good to pass up. I placed a large pot of water over high heat until it was boiling and added the pasta. As always I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Pasta. I Then added some salt and cooked the  pasta to package directions. Hold off on starting the scallops until you drop your pasta.

If their not already removed, remove the mussel from the scallops then with a paper towel pat them dry and season them with Sea Salt and Pepper. Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 turn around the pan and 1 tablespoons of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. When butter melts into oil, add scallops. Brown scallops 2 1/2 minutes on each side, then remove from pan and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. I also had 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Scallops and Linguine a perfect pair! Topped the pasta with Kraft Shredded Parm Cheese and Parsley. Everything came out delicious. For dessert later a Yoplait Delight 100 Calorie Chocolate Eclair Parfiat.

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