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Friday, February 27, 2009

Herbed Scallops, Lemon scented Quinoa & Infused Oil

I needed a quick dish for company, and so I raided my freezer for all things frozen yet pre-made and a recipe that I thought would wet your appetites so here it is: Roasted Garlic & Herbed Scallops, lemon scented quinoa and a lemon-garlic infused grapeseed oil. (I am bordering on an obsession with Grapeseed Oil and will post a fabulous Vinaigrette next week). If you think compound butters are an easy way to take your dishes up a notch, try infused oils. Bad for you? Think again with the right oils and a light hand.

: Ok, feel free to research online for lots of great herbed scallops or simply buy the ones we bought at BJ's. You can either bake or pan-sear them: baking will save you some fat and calories but won't give you the depth of color. I say, if they are for company, sear them, for yourselves, bake.

Lemon scented Quinoa:
I made them per my directions here then after cooking, I added 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and lots of fresh rind.

Lemon-Garlic Infused Grapeseed Oil: Drizzled over scallops/quinoa upon serving.
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
rind of 1 lemon

1. Place oil into a small saucepan and begin heating over medium heat.
2. Crush one clove of garlic, place into pan. Using zester, remove ring (yellow only) of one lemon. Add both into the oil.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes, strain and allow to cool. Use immediately or refrigerate.
Ideally, you would leave the oil and other ingredients together for a few hours but I did not have that time and I was impressed with the amount of flavor.


5 Star Foodie said...

This sounds good - we're totally on the same wave length - can't wait to see the recipe. Sent you an email earlier today.

Dawn said...

Mmmm lemon scented, now that's a fabulous idea.

5 Star Foodie said...

Looks wonderful, Jennifer! Here's a question - will your kids eat this meal? I tried giving scallops to my daughter several times, and while she loved them, every time she had stomach problems. I had to make her something else when we had our scallops the other day.

Kevin said...

That looks like a really nice meal. I have really been enjoying quinoa lately and sing it as a side is always nice.

Jennifer said...

HI 5-star. My kids did eat the scallops. Maybe they just do not agree with your daughter. Does she enjoy other seafood?

finsmom said...

This looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Reeni♥ said...

What a great sear on your scallops!
This looks so good in all it's lemony deliciousness!

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