Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scallops and Lobster For Wende

When we went on our seafood shop-a-thon a while back, I had wanted to buy lobster tails, but passed at $32/lb, but when I saw them at Kroger’s for $6.99/lb, I decided I had to give them a try – about 5oz each. They may be large crawfish or farm raised in who-knows-where, but for a $25/lb difference I figured they wouldn’t kill me – I also bought some sea scallops.

Since Bev was on vacation and not a big fan of lobster, I invited daughter, Wende, down to share these with me. My original menu idea was lobster tails, scallops, potatoes , and asparagus with everything grilled, but it didn’t work out. First, I wanted to pan fry the scallops but that would still work, then I found a broiled lobster tail recipe I wanted to try from Claudia over at What’s Cooking Italian Style, then the cool weather slowed down the asparagus, so there wasn’t enough.

So, for the lobsters, I put them in boiling water for 2 ½ minutes, split and pulled the meat out, brushed with butter and sprinkled with paprika, and broiled to an internal temp of 145*. The well dried scallops got S&P and a sauté in olive oil – in a properly heated pan of course. I removed them, deglazed the pan with a little white wine and added a couple of tablespoons of butter and a clove of minced garlic for a simple pan sauce – spooned a couple of tablespoons over the plated scallops. Then it was just a baked potato to round out the meal – the green part of the meal was the parsley in the Garlic Butter Wine Sauce for the lobster, but it didn’t show up in the photo.

The last item I bought during our trip to Tellico Grains Bakery was a pecan roll. Since, one of my favorite childhood memories was a grilled pecan roll following the movies in my Northern WV hometown, I knew I had to try one. Since it was pretty large, I knew it would serve two people, so I sliced it horizontally into three slices. I spread a little butter on the slices and grilled in a skillet then cut it in half and served. Wish I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it with.

I'd have to say this was a pretty darn good meal and now I feel more comfortable trying the lobsters on the grill, and this was the most successful I'd been with scallops.  As for the pecan roll, it would have been perfect had they put nuts in the middle as well as on top - I'll have to talk to the family baker about making some who finally returned from her 10 day vacation yesterday.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

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Larry

14 comments:

  1. Well this all looks pretty fancy-schmancy Larry...and delicious. Were the Kroeger lobster tails acceptable? Must have been or you would have mentioned something. Now, those pecan rolls...omg. I've never heard of frying pecan rolls and it sounds divine.

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  2. Wow..what a fantastic meal! I would love to find lobster tail for that cheap and throw them on the grill...Actually, I hope you find it that cheap again and try it first, that way I'll have some idea on how to do it :) lol

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  3. I've seen the little 5 oz. lobster tails at the market but have never tried them. Your preparation looks delish, Larry. Lobster is a rare treat at my house.

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  4. Daughter Wende, aka Little DudeMarch 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    It was definitely a treat! Much better than the simple turkey sandwich I'd have had at my place. I thought the scallops were definitely company-worthy. Dad's simple pan sauce was perfect. We're going to have to try something else on the dipping sauce for the lobster, though. This one was not my favorite. But all in all, it was pretty special. Thanks, Big Dude!

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  5. Sounds like a great meal Larry. Loved your scallop pan sauce. I am so disappointed that I will miss your Texas BarBQ this year. We will be on our Alaska trip. Darn!

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  6. Great meal Larry! The scallops especially sound good.

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  7. Please adopt me. All education expenses have been paid :-). What a fabulous meal, Larry. I know she must have been delighted to have her Dad fuss over her a bit. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Larry, Unlike Bev, Laurie would kill for this meal! Lobster r Her Favorites...likes scallops too. We've never had the nerve to cook lobster (or much other seafood) at home. As for the roll...I'll have to buy one the next time that we're in Tellico Plains. I like the center without the nuts though...otherwise it would be too much of a good thing. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  9. Lucky Wende!

    My 14 year old was whining recently that he's never had lobster, and I told him to save his money to buy one.

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  10. Wende is one lucky daughter! What a fantastic meal.

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  11. I saw a great deal on those small lobster tails recently and I'm happy to hear they are good. What a wonderful meal you made for your daughter!

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  12. "They may be large crawfish or farm raised in who-knows-where, but for a $25/lb difference I figured they wouldn’t kill me"

    You have made me laugh twice tonight (this and your "I don't care for eggs comment at Deep South Dish").

    Those are some big crawfish!!!!!! ;)

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  13. No doubt this meal looks decadent and delicious, but I had to laugh at the "green part of the meal was the parsley in the garlic butter" . . . we're going to have to talk about your vegetable intake, Mister! :D

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