Scallion-Wrapped Scallop Kabobs




First, I'd like to apologize for our lack of posts as well as posting on everyone else's blogs. We had prepared some posts ahead of time to space out during our trip, but things got busy and we had limited internet access - you know how it goes. Also, towards the end of the trip, Michael's grandmother, Betty Stout, suddenly got quite sick. He fortunately was able to get back in time to see her and say his goodbyes before she passed away. It has been a sad and emotional past few days for him and his family. She lived a wonderful life, raising five amazing children and staying very involved in the lives of her seven grandchildren. She will be deeply missed - keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

On a lighter note, these are some scallop skewers we made before the trip. Theys make a fun presentation, with the scallops encased in a scallion wrapping. The mirin-based sauce is tasty, but if you’re planning a scallop meal to impress guests, I’d go for the scallops in a wine-mushroom sauce (just because they're soo delicious). If you do decide to try the skewers, I’d have some extra scallions handy. I tore quite a few while trying to keep them wrapped around the scallops as I was threading them onto the skewers. Michael didn’t seem to have this problem though, so it may have just been me and my hastiness. : ) We modified this recipe from our favorite, Eating Well. We served them over somen noodles, which are a thin japenese noodle. We found them in the international section of our grocery store. If you can't find them, you could substitute any thin pasta.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 8 oz. somen noodles
  • 12 small-to-medium dry sea scallops
  • 8 medium button mushrooms, halved
  • 6 scallions

Directions

  1. Combine soy sauce, wine, mirin, sugar, honey, Worcestershire and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, pour into a medium bowl, and cool to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the sauce in a small bowl. Add scallops and mushrooms to the remaining sauce; stir well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (but no longer: the scallops will begin to break down if marinated too long).
  3. Preheat grill to medium. Oil the grill rack (see Tip).
  4. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to instructions on the box.
  5. Trim scallion whites and reserve for another use. Separate the scallion greens into individual long greens. Wrap one scallion green around the perimeter of each scallop and thread the scallops onto the skewers, piercing through the sides and thereby keeping the scallions in place. Alternate 4 mushroom halves and 3 scallion-wrapped scallops on each skewer. (Reserve any remaining scallion greens for another use.)
  6. Grill the skewers, basting with some of the reserved sauce, for 3 minutes. Turn, baste, and continue grilling just until the scallops are firm and opaque, about 3 minutes more.

26 comments:

Erica said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Michael's grandmother. Both of you and Michael's family are definitely in my thoughts.

Beautiful kabobs! I love that the scallops are wrapped in scallions vs the traditional bacon (since I don't eat bacon!!) This looks like a healthy and delicious meal.

Karine said...

My sincere sympathies to Michael, his family and you. It is always hard to lose a loved one.

Mary said...

How beautiful. I'm sure with that list of ingredients the scallops taste as good as they look.

Leslie said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your familes loss!

Sig said...

Really sorry to hear about your loss!
Lovely kabobs, scallops and scallios, I'm sure they make a wonderful combo!

My Little Space said...

Hello Chef, I'm sending you an award today. Thank you for sharing. You deserve it! (I'm so sorry about Michael's grandmom!)

Grace said...

i’m so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, michael, but at the same time, thank goodness you got to say goodbye!
on a lighter note, anything cooked on a stick seems more appealing to me, and this is an all-around great creation—fun, festive, unique, and tasty!

♥peachkins♥ said...

my condolences to you guys and your family...


I so love the presentation of this dish!

girlichef said...

These sound absolutely delicious! I send my condolensces...

Zoe said...

Im so sorry to hear that. My sympathies to Michael and his family.

Chef E said...

I have been wanting scallops and this looks like a great thing to make for my hubby's birthday! Yummy...

lisaiscooking said...

The scallion wrapping looks so great! Looks delicious with the noodles too.

Leela said...

I am sorry about Michael's loss, but glad you got a chance to say goodbye to her.

Bridgett said...

Sorry for your loss... My husband is always up for scallops so this recipe will definitely work out well. Gorgeous photo too!

Tyler said...

This recipe looks fantastic! I love scallops :) Also, I'm so sorry for your loss...hope you are doing well!

Juliana said...

I am sorry for your loss...love the scallops, unfortunately my husband is not into it, so I have to make them when I have company :-)

Cakebrain said...

My condolences...
Your scallops look amazing and the pics make my mouth water!

Sasha said...

You can buy Russian mustard in a Russian market, though I don't know if you guys have those in North Carolina : /

These kabobs look fantastic by the way. Your pictures are beautiful, what kind of camera do you use?

Pam said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

The scallops do look wonderful. Unfortunately I can't find big scallops here, only those tiny ones.

Donna said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Your dish you created sounds absolutely amazing!

Melissa said...

Oooh! I really do love scallops, they are one of my favorite sea foods. These look fabulous!! :)I hope everything is brightening up over your way!!

Sylvia said...

I'm sorry to heard that. Your scallops sound amazing. Great blog you have

Teanna said...

WOW. Absolutely stunning stunning stunning both in presentation and photo! So sorry to hear about Michael's grandmother :(

burpandslurp said...

I'm so sorry! My most sincere condolensces...
But those scallops do look absolutely scrumptious! Even in tragedy, one must eat, and I am glad you carry on with such grace!

Kerstin said...

So sorry for your loss and I hope your families are doing ok.

Love the scallops - they look perfect!

Amanda said...

These look positively gorgeous!

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