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Sea Scallops Two Ways- Scallop Ceviche And Scallop Gratin

 

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Every now and then I look back at a few of my past recipes and maybe give them a face-lift. I decided to do that here with the beautiful sea scallops.

Making two completely different dishes using this one ingredient. If you remember, my original Sea Scallop Gratin was made as an entrée. As delicious as that dish was, I wanted to tweak it slightly. This time both of my scallop dishes are appetizers, Sea Scallops Two Ways- Ceviche And Gratin.

They’re delicious, great for entertaining, and simple to make. The Ceviche is a gluten-free dish. If you choose to use a gluten-free Panko, the gratin can be too. The specific change I wanted to make is in how I used the topping for this gratin. In my original recipe, the topping totally covered the top of the scallops. Even though the topping is an essential part of this dish, I wanted the scallops to peek through a bit more, allowing them to caramelize on the top. It’s really about the balance between the topping and the scallops themselves.

Anyway, let’s talk about my fresh mango and cucumber ceviche. I’m putting my spin on a Peruvian style Ceviche. They have these large popcorn kernels in Peru that you just can’t seem to get here. I just bought some corn nuts! You’ve seen those salty large corn kernels they sell in convenience stores. I just sprinkle of few on top of each serving. This gives the Ceviche great texture and crunch.

 

When you’re ready to work with sea scallops,  there is a side-muscle on each scallop that needs to be removed. You don’t want to eat it. The pictures above help to illustrate what I mean. You also want to always pat the scallops dry using a paper towel to remove any excess moisture before continuing on with your recipes.

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Marinating seafood in citrus is very common in Latin cuisine and a great way to experience fresh scallops. If you decide to make these two appetizers, start with the Ceviche. You need to get the scallops cleaned and quartered, and submerged, into the citrus marinade.

 

My Scallop Gratin is just as easy to make. I’ve made some slight changes from my original recipe. I found less to be more in the presentation of the Scallop Gratin that makes a big difference in the final dish. I’ll explain in a minute.

It doesn’t matter if you’re making them as a main course, using larger gratin dishes, or as an appetizer using smaller ones. The method is still the same. This time I’m not completely covering the scallops with the topping. I’m letting the scallops to peek through the topping allowing them to caramelize. The balance between the two works.

Scallop Gratin:
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment: 2 baking sheets and 6 small grain dishes
Yields: 6 servings
Cooking Time 10-13 minutes at 425 degrees F.

Ingredients:
1 pound of cleaned, dried and quartered sea scallops
6 tablespoons of dry white wine
6 large minced garlic cloves
1/2 a minced red onion (or minced shallot)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
3 tablespoons of finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil leaves
zest of a lemon
2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Pernod (anise-flavored liqueur)
2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/2 heaping cups of Panko (or gluten-free Panko) bread crumbs
6 tablespoons of olive oil
6 wedges of lemon to squeeze over the top of each dish when baked

Directions:
Take 6 small gratin dishes, place on two baking sheets. Equally divided a pound of the cleaned, dried, and quartered scallops into each dish. Next, add one tablespoon of dry white wine to each of the dishes.

In a large bowl, add one stick of softened unsalted butter. To the softened butter add minced garlic, finely minced red onion (or minced shallot), crushed red pepper flakes (optional), fresh finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, fresh finely chopped basil, lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, Pernod (anise-flavored  liqueur), Kosher salt, black pepper, Panko (or gluten-free Panko) breadcrumbs, and olive oil. Mix all these ingredients together to make the topping.

Using a spoon, equally divided the topping among the six gratin dishes but not completely covering the scallops. This will allow the scallops to caramelize better, plus I really like the presentation better.

Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for 10-13 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over each one of the Scallop Gratin and serve immediately.

Scallop Ceviche:
Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 3 1/2 to 4 hours

Ingredients:
1/2 pound of quartered Sea Scallops
5 freshly juiced limes
1/2 a finely diced red onion
1 finely diced and seeded jalapeno
1/2 an English cucumber diced and seeded
2 diced fresh mango
2 sliced fresh avocado
1/2 cup of finely diced, mixed, red yellow and orange bell pepper
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
3-4 fresh cilantro leaves per glass
corn nuts to garnish. 4-5 corn nuts per glass

Directions:
First, place the quartered scallops in a bowl (that has a lid to fit). Add the diced bell peppers, onions, jalapeno, Kosher salt, olive oil and fresh lime juice to the bowl. Stir all the ingredients together. Make sure all the ingredients are submerged in the lime juice. Place the lid on and refrigerate for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Every half hour goes in a stir the ingredients. Then press all the ingredients down into the lime juice so they’re completely submerged.  When the scallops are completely opaque in color, they are ready.

At this point, slice the avocado spritzing them with a little lime juice so they stay bright green. Next, dice the mango and cucumber. Have 4 glasses or whatever you choose to serve your ceviche in ready.  Take the Ceviche out of the frig. Using a spoon, place an equal amount of the scallops with the diced bell peppers, jalapenos, and onions in each glass.

Add to each one equally, the diced mango, and cucumber. Garnish with avocado, cilantro leaves, and corn nuts. Place the glasses on a sheet tray and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Fennel And Onion Stuffed Pork Loin

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This dish comes to me from a recipe I saw on a cooking show, Fennel And Onion Stuffed Pork Loin. I do love pork of any kind, but this particular cut is perfect to stuff and with endless choices of ingredients you can use. Two reasons I say this, one, is because of the finished dish and how delicious it is, and two, and even better is, it can be made ahead of time. I’m making a few changes of my own and I’ll tell you about those in a minute. Let me start with the filling that’s going to go into the center of my pork loin.

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If there is extra filling and you’re not sure how to prepare the fennel and onion mixture that’s leftover. Place the extra filling in a small oven-safe baking dish. Top with a little more of the Panko and grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese. Drizzle the top with a little olive oil and bake at 375-degrees F. for 20 minutes. Place the leftover filling in the oven during the final 20 minutes of cooking time for the stuffed pork loin.

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Now when I went to my grocery store and found this beautiful cut of pork loin, I spoke to the butcher at my local grocery store and had him/her butterfly this one for me. Of course, you can do this yourself but why? If the butcher will do it for you then I say go right ahead! 

I also made some cheesy, buttery French bread to go alongside. Everyone loves bread!

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Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yields 4 servings:
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans aluminum foil, 12-inch sauté pan, 3-quart sauce pot, mixing bowl

Ingredients For Filling:
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Pernod (substitute white wine)

Ingredients:
3 to 4-pound pork loin,, butterflied
1 red onion, quartered
2 to 4 large red potatoes, quartered
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth
butcher’s twine
3 tablespoons of Kosher salt (1 for the inside of the pork and 1 for the outside, 1 for potatoes)
3 teaspoons of fresh ground black pepper (1 for the inside of the pork and 1 for the outside, 1 for potatoes)
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Ingredients For Gravy:
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of flour
3 cups of unsalted chicken broth
2 dashes of  Kitchen Bouquet browning seasoning sauce (this just gives a bit more flavor and a darker brown color to the gravy)
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients For Bread:
1 loaf of French baguette bread
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes
1 large piece of foil

Directions For Fennel And Onion Stuffed Pork Loin:
Preheat oven to 425 -degrees F.
For the stuffing, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the butter in a large sautépan. Add the onions and fennel with 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the onions and fennel are tender and lightly browned add the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and thyme and cook for 1 minute more. Add the Pernod to deglaze the pan, by using the back of a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before adding the binder.

Once the fennel and onion mixture has cooled add the breadcrumbs, stir to combine.  Lay the pork on a board fat side down, sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Spread the stuffing evenly on the pork and roll up lengthwise, ending with the fat on top of the roll. Tie the pork loin up using 5 pieces of kitchen twine, rub with olive oil and sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper all over the outside of the pork loin.

Now at this point, you can put the stuffed pork loin in the frig wrapped really well in plastic wrap the night before or even 2 days before. You don’t want season the outside of the pork loin until it’s ready to go into the oven. The onions and potatoes are only to be prepped right before they’re ready for the oven.

On a rimmed baking sheet, lay out the quartered potatoes and onions in one even layer. Add the olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to coat. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the sheet pan to prevent the potatoes from burning or sticking. This liquid will eventually evaporate during the cooking process.

Place the rolled pork loin on top of the potatoes. Roast at 425-degrees F. for 30 minutes.  Lower the heat to 350-degrees F. and roast for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 137-degrees F. Note: If the thermometer hits the stuffing it will read at a higher temperature, test the meat in a few different places. Remove from the oven, cover tightly with foil.

Turn the oven up to 450 degrees F. Once preheated, return the potatoes to the oven for another 20 minutes while the pork is resting. The onions will be sweet and tender, and potatoes will be golden brown on the outside and fork tender on the inside. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Allow the pork loin to rest for 20 minutes.

I like to serve this dish family style with the Fennel And Onion Stuffed Pork Loin and my roasted potatoes on a large platter then drizzled with light brown gravy.

Directions For Bread:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
In a mixing bowl add the butter, mayonnaise, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Kosher salt, and black pepper, mix to combine. Slice the French bread in half then again lengthwise. Slather the butter mixture on both halves of the bread. Place the tops on, wrap tightly in foil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and slice. Serve hot.

Direction For Gravy:
In a saucepot over medium heat melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until the raw flour is cooked, paste-like, and golden blonde in color about 2-3 minutes. Add unsalted chicken broth, Kitchen Bouquet, dried thyme, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Switch to a wooden spoon, adjust the heat to medium-high, bring up to a boil stirring continuously until gravy thickens. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken

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This is my recipe for Lemon Garlic Chicken. This is another memory of a favorite childhood dish my mom made quite a bit. I know there are many versions of this dish out there, but I’m going to keep mine as close to my mom’s recipe as I can.

I’m also making this dish for a close friend of mine, Cheri. She was a big part of mine and Melissa’s life. Today Cheri has a family of her own and because she loved this dish so much, this is for her. Love you girl!

I like to start with the Yukon Gold potatoes. I think they work best, and it’s what my mother used. Trying to stay with tradition, with a few minor changes, gives my Lemon Garlic Chicken a modern makeover.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 9 x 13 x 3 baking dish, 12-inch sautépan, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, large mixing bowl, medium-size bowl,  plastic meat board, 3-quart saucepan

Ingredients:
6 medium-size Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for onions, plus 8 tablespoons for breaded chicken
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
3 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary leaves, reserve 1 tablespoon for the marinade
6 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
1 cup unsalted chicken broth
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced in half moons.
9-ounces Creamy Caesar dressing, store-bought
4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
4 tablespoon freshly chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish

Ingredients For, Lemon Garlic Sauce:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary leaves
6 cloves of whole peeled garlic, grated
6 lemons, zested and juiced
2 cups unsalted chicken broth

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
I like to start with the Yukon gold potatoes. I think they work best, and it’s what my mother used. Trying to stay with tradition, with a few minor changes, gives my Lemon Garlic Chicken a modern makeover.

Start by taking 6 medium-size Yukon gold potatoes cut them into quarters placing them into a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped rosemary leaves, 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, toss to coat all the potatoes. Next, divide them evenly onto two baking sheet pans, spreading them out into one even layer. Roast in an oven for around 15 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, turn the potatoes allowing all sides to become light golden brown in color. Remove the potatoes from the oven and transfer them to the baking dish. Spread the potatoes out to evenly cover the bottom of the dish.

Adjust oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

In a large sautépan on medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sliced onions, Kosher salt, and pepper to taste, sauté until just soft and translucent, 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the Caesar dressing the remaining chopped rosemary leaves, mix to combine. Lay the chicken breast out onto a plastic meat board.  Using a silicone pastry brush, paint both sides of the chicken with the Caesar dressing.

Instead of using Italian style bread crumbs, which my mom used, I’m using Panko bread crumbs. I like how they’re lighter and give a little more texture to the coating. In a bowl add the Panko breadcrumbs and the remaining chopped fresh parsley, mix to combine.

Dredge the chicken into the panko coating both side. Lay the chicken on top of the potatoes, as seen in the picture above.

Pour the cup of chicken broth in the bottom of the baking dish. This will prevent the potatoes from burning. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil over each of the breaded chicken breasts. Bake for 20 minutes.

In a medium-size bowl add olive oil, fresh chopped rosemary, grated garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and unsalted chicken broth, whisk to combine. Pour those ingredients into a saucepan. On medium heat bring the sauce up to slow bubble reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Fifteen (15) minutes into baking the chicken, remove the chicken from the oven, scattering the sautéed onions on top then ladling half of the garlic lemon sauce over the chicken. Cover the baking dish with foil and continue cooking for another 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest covered for another 15 minutes.

Serve in a large deep serving platter family style. Ladle the remaining lemon garlic sauce over the top and sprinkle with Italian parsley. Bring the platter of Lemon Garlic Chicken to the table. Serve hot.

I’m dedicating this dish to the loving memory of my mom, Doris Domicole.

 

 

 

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Caesar Marinated Breaded Chicken With Roasted Campari Tomatoes

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I used to find that whenever I cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts they always turned out dry. Playing around with a few ideas, I discovered when I marinated the chicken in a creamy Caesar dressing then breaded and baked them, they turned out perfect. Crunchy on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside.

A lot of us love a good chicken Caesar salad so why not. Caesar dressing has all the ingredients you need for a great marinade. This is my Caesar Marinated Breaded Chicken With Roasted Campari Tomatoes.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 3 rimmed baking sheet pans 2 with racks, 2 large mixing bowls

Ingredients:
6 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
2 9-ounce bottles of Creamy Caesar Dressing With Roasted Garlic
2 tablespoons of fresh chives, finely minced
2 1/2 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

2 pounds of Campari tomatoes on the vine
1/4 cup of good olive oil
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package of baby arugula
Lemon Vinaigrette, link to my recipe below

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl add the Caesar dressing and chopped chives, whisk to combine. Add the boneless-skinless chicken breast to the marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a large mixing bowl add the Panko breadcrumbs and fresh chopped Italian parsley, mix to combine. Line two rimmed baking sheet pans with foil, place the racks inside the sheet pans. Dredge the marinated chicken breasts, one at a time, into the Panko and parsley mixture coating both sides, then place them onto the sheet pan. Repeat this process until all the chicken breasts are breaded. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to set up for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Bake the chicken for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165- degrees F. Remove from the oven and cover both sheet pans with foil.

Adjust oven temperature to 375-degrees F.
Place the Campari tomatoes on a baking sheet pan. Add the olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to coat the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes into the oven and cook for 20 minutes just until their skins start to burst. Transfer the tomatoes to a large serving platter.

Serve Family Style: Place the Caesar Marinated Breaded Chicken With Roasted Campari Tomatoes onto a large platter along with fresh baby arugula.

Homemade Vinaigrette Recipes- Lemon, Balsamic, And Cilantro Lime

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