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February 26, 2013

Gourmet with a Budget

There are two main types of scallops available to consumers- sea scallops and bay scallops.  Despite their names, the main difference is in size and flavor.  Sea Scallops are larger and sweeter, while Bay Scallops are smaller and more intense in flavor.  When shopping for scallops, there are a few things to consider.  First, make sure to ask whether the scallops are dry-packed or wet-packed.  Dry-packed means they are natural and wet-packed means they have been treated with  sodium tripolyphosphate to absorb moisture prior to the freezing process, thereby getting a better price per unit of weight.  Secondly, make sure the scallops are shiny and moist and don’t smell fishy.  And finally try to purchase fresh scallops during their in-season, which is from November to March.  But frozen scallops are a great option during the other seven months.

This recipe is incredibly easy and really takes advantage of your oven.  Before…

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