Bacon, Holiday, Seafood

Baked Scallop Gratin

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  In my family we always do seafood on Christmas Eve.  We are Italian and it’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember.  I made this scallop dish and it was a hit and super delicious and rather simple.

Scallops are one food item I have gotten a lot of questions about.  People are worried about overcooking the scallops.  That’s a common thing actually.  If you are searing them, it’s a hot pan for 2-3 minutes on each side.  You want the inside glistening when you cut into it.  For these they are baked an take a little longer.  There is so many different ways to use scallops.  Check my recipes for seafood and you’ll find the scallop tacos.  They are to die for as well.

For now, check out this upscale simple recipe!

Baked Scallop Gratin

Ingredients:
4 oz prosciutto or par-cooked bacon, minced or rough chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1 1/2- 2lbs bay scallops, rinsed, dried and mussel removed

Topping:
1 stick butter, soften
¾ cup plan panko breadcrumbs
3 T fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
3 T olive oil
2 medium shallots, small diced
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t kosher salt
1 t pepper

Directions: Heat oven 425°.  In a medium baking dish add the wine and top with the scallops.  In a medium bowl add all ingredients for the topping and mix well till incorporated.  I used a fork to mash the butter and get everything fully mixed. Add mixture evenly on top of the scallops. Sprinkle with prosciutto or bacon.  Bake in oven 12-16 minutes.  Serve hot. Feel free to serve with bread for dipping in butter mixture.

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Low and Slow, Pork

Fall of the Bone Ribs (Oven Baked)

This is my favorite rib recipe.  I make it so often I’ve pretty much mastered it at this point.  I started making these ribs a few years back.  When I bought the slabs of baby back ribs I really had every intention of grilling them that quickly change when my grill stopped working.  I had to improvise.  I made the ribs in the oven low and slow for several hours. They came out so good that I’ve done it that way every single time.

This recipe isn’t your traditional rib flavors.  I don’t use any bbq sauce in this recipe.  The sauce I use is a different flavor than the traditional bbq sauce for ribs.

I like making these ribs in the oven because the meat literally falls off the bones.  They are easy to eat and not messy at all.  Don’t worry they are still ribs! 🙂  They are tender and delicious. Give them a try!!  Feel free to toss on the grill after you bake them to get a char.

Fall off the Bone Ribs (Oven Baked)

Ingredients:
1 slab baby back ribs

Dry Rub:
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
1/2 T paprika
1/2 T chili powder
1/2 T cumin

Sauce:
1/2 cup oil
1 T honey
2 T low sodium soy sauce
2 T Dijon mustard (Smooth, not grainy)
4 Garlic Cloves, grated or minced
3T Rib drippings

Directions: Preheat oven 300°.  Prepare the ribs by removing the silver skin on the back of the ribs.  Run your knife down one of the bones and grab the white skin and pull completely off.  Pat dry the ribs with a paper towel and add to a roasting dish.  (I always use disposable aluminum pans.)

In a bowl mix all the spices for the rub together.  Add spices liberally all over the top of the ribs. Cover tight with foil. Bake in oven for 2 hours and then check the ribs and baste with the pan drippings. Put back in the oven for another 1 hours.  Reserve 3 T of pan drippings for later.

In a bowl mix together all items for the sauce. Brush the sauce over the ribs and put back in oven uncovered for anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, add foil and let rest! Then serve with your choice of sides.  The meat will literally fall off these bones.  I hope you enjoy it.

Notes: You can put on grill to get the char last few minutes if you wish.  I prefer not to as it sometimes can dry out the meat.  Also, if you’d like to use just regular bbq sauce for this recipe just omit the sauce in this recipe and sauce the ribs with your choice of bbq sauce.

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