We went to Aldi today and it strikes me as odd or perhaps apropos that I spent $60 on primarily cheese. And a binge purchase-- scallops.
I have been so hungry for scallops. I got twelve jumbo scallops for $10.
I decided to crust them in pecans. Normally one would grind the pecans and mix them with good quality breadcrumbs but I went gluten free and just used pecans.
I found some recipes online but didn't like the sound of any of them so I used them as a base. I found one that served with orange butter (1/2 cup orange juice to 2 tablespoons butter). I wanted mango butter. So I took 2/3 cup of frozen mango chunks, thawed them in the microwave with water, and puréed them in the food processor. I added three tablespoons butter and processed it with the mango.
I put this mix on the stove so the heat would melt it partially but not reduce it to liquid completely.
Next I put 1 cup pecan halves into the food processor, figuring a touch of mango and butter wouldn't hurt. Ground those as much as I could.
To flavor my scallops and make them sticky for my pecans, I whisked together:
- three tablespoons honey
- about one and a half tablespoons Briana's Blush Vinaigrette
- about one teaspoon ground ginger
(The inside of the scallops ended up tasting like maple syrup when they were done. Not sure why.)
I rolled each scallop into this sticky mess and pressed it into the ground pecans. I arranged them in a Pyrex dish, poured the extra goop on them and baked at 425 for twelve minutes.