Monday, February 23, 2009

Shrimp and Scallop Scampi



Good Monday morning everyone! We woke up yesterday morning to go to church and found a beautiful layer of the white stuff all around. For once and I am not exaggerating when I say once, the weather people around got the forcast right.
Say hello to my husband's creation, Seymour de Snowman!

I made Shrimp and Scallop Scampi the other night. I added scallops because I had never eaten a scallop before. Scallops are not in big demand in South Louisiana. Neither are clams or mussels.
The scallops weren't too bad. I don't think they added anything to the dish. My husband did not care for them at all.
Shrimp scampi is so quick and easy to prepare and the combination of lemon, garlic and shrimp...your taste buds will dance!
These beautiful scallops were seasoned with salt and pepper.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the scallops and sear.
Sear 3 minutes each side, remove from skillet and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to skillet and 1 tablespoon of butter. Saute one shallot, finely chopped for two minutes, then add 3 cloves of minced garlic and saute for one minute. At this point, add 1-1/2 lbs. of peeled shrimp. Coat the shrimp with the shallots, garlic, butter and oil.
When the shrimp begin to turn pink or opaque, add 1/2 cup of dry white wine and 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir to blend. Season with 2 teaspoons of Emeril's Essence (Recipe below).
Once shrimp are cooked, add scallops back to skillet along with 1/2 lb. of linguine cooked all dented. (Be careful not to over cook shrimp or they will get a rubbery texture.) Stir to combine, then add 1 teaspoon of capers drained. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning:
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

39 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Katherine-Shrimp scampi is one of my favorite dishes. I am partial to Ina Gartens recipe. You are so correct the flavors of lemon, garlic, butter do make your taste buds do the happy dance!!

April said...

I made shrimp scampi last night, that was ok, but not the best. It was baked. I LOVE, love, love shrimp scampi, so I am going to have to try your version!

gigi said...

Idon't know about you, but I've had ENOUGH!! of this cold weather. Although Seymour is really cute.
Don't care for scallops but scampi is a favorite and so easy to make. It could warm us up.
Thanks for the tip about fingerhut, I'll check them out.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Katherine, we love scallops and shrimp but I understand why your husband might not like scallops. We were visiting with a chef in Jupiter, Florida whose restaurant specializes in seafood. My husband asked him why scallops can have a "funny taste" sometimes. The Chef's explaination was simple - you are probably not buying "dry pack" scallops. Dry pack scallops, as their name implies, aren't in that liquid you see in most scallops in the supermarket. We were able to find the dry packed ones (more expensive) and they have made all the difference in the world. Also it is very important not to overcook scallops - that can make them tough.
Since you are from Louisiana, you must miss the fantastic Gulf shrimp and seafood available in that part of the world. I know I do up in the mountains.
I enjoy your blog and will return.
Sam

Lynette said...

The shrimp scampi looked great. Next time do the scallops w/the shrimp. They too will soak up the flavors they are cooked with.

So how are you adjusting to a Texas life? Do you want to go back home? I know how hard it was for me to adjust from city life to country life.

Cheryl said...

I love the SNOW and the dish looks wonderful, I am not a fan of the scallop either but I am willing to try this :), it looks that good!

Pam said...

Must wipe drool off of keyboard. Another amazing meal Katherine. YUM!

Debbie said...

I love shrimp scampi and am always in the mood for it!!!.

Dee said...

Love, love, love Scampi! This looks wonderful. The snow looks amazing from my angle. Weather seems to be agreeing with the the cute snowman. Hang in there Spring is right around the corner.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love shrimp scampi. We here love scallops a lot and I'm certainly going to try scallops with scampi too.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

HEHEHHEEE! I love that snowman, it's so adorable!
yum, that scallop-shrimp scampi looks great. I love anything with lots of garlic!

Marjie said...

My littlest hates scallops. I prefer the little ones, myself, and I love scampi!

Jennifer said...

Scampi bestill my heart. My husband is a huge scallops fan and I will be posting a simple recipe this week. I am a huge scampi fan and although I have other plans for our shrimp this week (wow, big seafood week here), I will plan on some scampi soon. Slurp.

Lo said...

What a great dinner for a snow day! Nothing better than a scampi with shrimp & scallops.

And oh! That snow guy is so cute!!

tamilyn said...

Scallops look so pretty but I hate seafood. I know-what normal person doesn't like seafood? Pointing finger at self. My hubby likes shrimp so I may have to make him a special dinner. Thanks for the inspiration Katherine!

TavoLini said...

Hello Seymour!

The scampi looks great! Tavo and I love scallops, but my parents can't stand them. Texture issues...

Looks delicious :)

Elra said...

And this my dear, is my son's favorite dish. He even make it himself, but next time I'l ask to add scallop. Sounds delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

AndreaLeigh said...

that looks so yummy!

Reeni♥ said...

I love shrimp scampi! I think that was a great idea to add scallops, my Mom would love it!! It looks really delicious!!

Greg C said...

Yum yum. Marry me. I was planning on making this next payday. I will use your recipe since the last one I tired was excellent.

Gladys said...

I love Scallops but I make them with a lemon butter sauce and then serve them over Jasmine rice. I could eat shrimp scampi all day long sadly it's not one of Kahuna's favorites.

The Blonde Duck said...

My sister would love this. She is a shrimp fiend.

I wish Seymore could come to the Pond, but I think he might melt.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

This looks delicious, shrimp scampi is one of my favorites! I am definitely partial to lemon, as you know and I just happen to have a close replica of Emeril's seasoning that I made for another meal just sitting around.

I think I've only had scallops once, it isn't that common here in Kansas. But, I'm definitely going to give this a try!

Peter M said...

Katherine, I would forgo meat if I could eat shrimp & scallops each day...got any left?

Pam said...

On Top Chef they are always talking about the perfectly seared scallops. So, now I'm afraid to try them. I know they won't be perfect.

onlinepastrychef said...

Hello, Seymour! Sometimes less is "mour," especially when it comes to snowmen:)

I am not seafood girl, but I can see The Beloved really enjoying this dish!

Maria said...

A seafood lover's dream dish!! Love the two together!

TheWritersPorch said...

Katherine......even though I'm fighting a nausea at the moment,
( sigh) this still sounds good to me!
Carol

Not Another Omnivore said...

Snowmen :)

Unfortunately our favorite stray momma cat just had a litter of kittens and so we're really hoping they're okay with the cold front. She has them under a house and we can't get to them. Sigh. We'll see.

NAOmni

Selba said...

Hello Seymour de Snowman!!! You look so cute :)

Love scallop!

Andrea said...

Love shrimp scampi!!! Can't wait to try your version. :)

Megan said...

mmmm, that looks to die for! I LOVE scallops! Love!

Cathy said...

LOVE Seymour -- is Seymour a tabletop snowman? That's the only kind of snowman we're ever able to make here in 'Bama! And then only once every five years or so at that! This scampi looks fabulous -- I am going to give this a try soon!

Laurie said...

Katherine, thank you SO much for the award!!! It means so much coming from you.

Seymour de Snowman is delightful! You have a very creative husband.

And your scampi...ooh la la...your scallops are seared to perfection. We love scallops here on the Cape because they're local, but I must say the gorgeous pile of shrimp looks even better.

Great recipe!

Bridgett said...

Wow, look at the size of those scallops. Hubby would absolutely love this dish with the addition of the scallops. Great recipe.

Cairo Typ0 said...

I adore scallops! The only place around here that sells them charges almost $40 for a kilo. *sigh*

Olga said...

what a cute snowman! I miss snow.

those scallops look amazing. don't think i've ever cooked scallops, but love eating them!

Paula said...

Hello Seymour de Snowman! I just looked up a scampi recipe not even five minutes ago, and now here I find your wonderful creation! It's gorgeous! With Lent around the corner, I'll be needing seafood recipes for the next 40 days or so! YUM!

pigpigscorner said...

It has all my favourite seafood! I would like some with rice please =)