Scallops Grilled With Parmesan Breading
Real scallops and I mean real (if they’re all the same size and color they’re cut out from Shark) are one of my secret most wonderful foods but have always been too pricey and not very available. Well Costco and Whole Foods, to a degree, have come to the rescue. Still expensive at WF’s but at least they have them.
20 Large sea scallops about 1 ¼ Lbs.
½ cup unseasoned bread crumbs, Panko Japanese style preferred
¼ cup freshly grated, but not real fine, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp freshly grated black pepper
2 Tlbs extra virgin olive oil
½ cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 Tlbs lemon zest
1 Tlbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Here’s What To Do:
Start a direct high heat fire
Combine the coating ingredients in shallow bowl and mix with your fingers
Wash the scallops and pat dry with paper towel, place them in a bowl. Add the olive oil and toss to coat. Dip the scallops in the bread crumbs and then gently press onto the scallops. Place the scallops in a single layer on a clean plate or cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to help set the crumbs, this is truly an important step.
Prepare the garnish by finely chop the parsley and lemon zest and mix with liquids.
Ball up a piece of paper towel and then using your tongs, grasp hold of towel, drizzle a bit of olive oil on it and then use it to oil the grill. Again using tongs (you can use your fingers if it’s faster, gently place each scallop on the grill next to each other but not touching. This is delicate stuff, do not over cook them, grill for no more than 4 to 6 minutes turning at halfway point of grilling time. Remove from grill to platter and sprinkle with garnish.
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