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Roasted Garlic Shrimp Appetizers

This dish makes for perfect two-bite hors d’oeuvres. The roasted garlic lends a nutty taste instead of a pungent garlic flavour. These will disappear quickly at your next party!

1 lb 16-20 shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 large scallions, cut into matchstick size
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (or more to taste)
16-20 roasted garlic cloves
16-20 toasted French bread rounds, seasoned with butter and Italian seasoning
shaved Pecorino Romano cheese

Heat olive oil in wok or large heavy skillet. When the oil begins to wisp smoke, add the garlic and allow it to infuse the oil with flavour, but do not brown. This should take about 60-90 seconds. Garlic will soften slightly. Add scallions and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, until they begin to get wilt. Add shrimp and toss until they are cooked (they will turn pink and curl slightly to let you know they’re done). Remove from heat, sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper over all.

Take each toasted round and place several shavings of Pecorino Romano cheese, then a sautéed shrimp, and in the curl, tuck a clove of roasted garlic.

Makes 16-20 appetizers.

Option 1: Take 1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise and 2 tbsp of prepared horseradish (not horseradish sauce) and combine in a small bowl. Omit Pecorino Romano cheese, and spread a thin layer of spread on the toast round to hold the garlic and shrimp in place.

Option 2: Omit garlic but wrap individual shrimp in thin slices of prosciutto.

Option 3: Cook bacon just until done but not crisp. Wrap each shrimp in a piece of bacon, place on toast round, and grate Pecorino Romano cheese overtop. Place under broiler just until bacon is crisped up (be careful not to burn!)

Option 4: If Bay Scallops (the small scallops) are in season, sauté them in a small amount of dry white vermouth. Tuck one scallop inside a shrimp and serve on toast. Top with shaved Romano cheese.)


Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup (with Baby Bok Chop and Butternut Squash). (Recipe modified from Nigella Bites “Pumpkin & Seafood Curry)

Made out of necessity because I had no pumpkin, lime leaves, lemon grass, nor salmon, and while I made my own Curry sauce, I’m simplifying for you, the average home cook.

1 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp mild curry paste (or make your own curry with turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cayenne)
1 medium sized butternut squash, cut into 1.5″ cubes
2 cups chicken stock
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 lb of 25-30 shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb of bay scallops
2 heads baby bok choy

In a large soup pot, stir together curry paste and coconut milk until combined. Bring to a simmer, add butternut squash, chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until squash is tender, but still has a bite to it. Then, add shrimp and scallops. Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Cut bok choy into 1″ pieces and then stir in, cooking for 1 more minute until wilted.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, and ladle into bowls. Serves 4.


Saint-Jacques au four et légumes au wok

Some might say it’s a bit pretentious of a name for “Baked Scallops and Stir-fried veggies,” but a dish with class deserves such a description!

1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs bay scallops, rinsed and patted dry
2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Italian seasoning
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a 9″ round dish, add melted butter, and scallops that have been drained, rinsed, and patted dry between paper towels. Toss to combine, then distribute into one even layer.

In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients and using a fork, mix well to combine. Layer this topping evenly over the scallop and butter mixture.

Bake until scallops are firm and opaque, about 25-30 minutes.

Serves: 6

(For the stir fried veggies, use any mix that you like. I used baby corn, snow peas and broccoli. Heat your wok (or large skillet) with 2 tbsp oil. Add 2 minced cloves of garlic, and 2 tbsp finely diced fresh, peeled ginger. Saute this for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and then add veggies and stir-fry for 5-6 minutes, or until tender and heated through.)


Coquilles St. Jacques

Scallops au gratin

Coquilles St. Jacques (Scallops au gratin)

1.5 lb bay scallops
2 cups dry white vermouth (or dry white wine)
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp chopped shallots or scallions
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp quality butter
3 tbsp all purpose flour
12 ounces fat-free half & half
grated Swiss cheese

In a skillet with large sides, place vermouth, bay leaves, shallots or scallions, salt and pepper over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Add scallops and sauté until they are just springy to the touch (this will only take 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat and drain through a sieve, reserving the liquid. Remove bay leaves and discard.

In a saucepan, melt butter and combine with flour, stirring until well combined. Cook over medium heat for two minutes to cook out the flour taste, but not to colour. Remove from heat, and add reserved scallop/wine liquid. Whisk vigorously to combine, being careful that there are no lumps. Add half & half (the recipe called for heavy cream, but this is in the interest of being a bit more calorie conscious), and return to medium heat. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes until your velouté sauce thickens.  Once thickened, remove from heat and enrobe your scallops in your sauce, heating them through. Preheat your oven to 400F.

In buttered scallop shells, or ramekins, or oven proof dishes, place 1/2 cup scallop/sauce mixture and top with 2 tbsp grated swiss cheese. Place in oven 10 minutes or so until cheese is melted and bubbly and browned.

Serves 6.

This recipe is modified from Julia Child’s recipe located in her book The Way To Cook, and part of her 6-part video series (now out of print).


Oriental Glazed Scallops and Zesty Veggie Rice

Oriental Glazed Scallops

1/2 cup Apricot preserves (sorry, best not to use sugar free here)
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 lb sea scallops

Turn the broiler on to high, and place oven rack where pan will come no closer than 2″ from heat. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil (this greatly assists in clean up!)

Combine preserves, soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar together in a medium bowl, then add scallops and toss to coat. Place scallops in a single layer and pour some of the glaze of them. Discard remaining glaze. Broil until scallops are browned and firm (depending on the power of your broiler, this may take anywhere from 8-15 minutes). Be sure to pay attention to them so they don’t overcook and become rubbery. Place 4 ounces of scallops on a plate and garnish with lime and scallions if desired.

Zesty Veggie Rice

2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white rice
1 cup chopped tomatoes (if you use canned, drain most of the liquid away to keep your rice fluffy)
1 medium green pepper, diced

In a medium saucepan, combine chicken broth, butter and salt and bring to a boil;. Reduce heat, stir in rice. Cover and allow to simmer for about five minutes. Add tomatoes and green pepper, and continue to simmer for about another 15 minutes, or until rice is done to your liking. Remove from heat, allow to stand for another 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Serves 4.