So with Christmas Day fast approaching, I thought I’d share one of my favourite ‘celebration’ starters. These Half Shell Scallops are such a simple, yet impressive start to a Christmas Day feast or other special occasions. Better still, they are SO simple and fast to make – prep to plate in less than 10 minutes (5 if you have good knife skills)! Goes to prove even ‘special’ can be too easy!
Seafood is such an Australian Christmas tradition, but I’m so fussy with seafood. I don’t do crustaceans (shame because growing up, my grandfather, uncle, and cousin were all cray-fisherman off the coast of WA). But scallops, when well cooked, I just love! The key with them is to add flavour without overpowering their own sweet taste and I think this recipe does that perfectly.
Hope you enjoy this delicious starter!
12 half shell scallops, I have used QLD scallops with no roe because I don’t like it (told you I was fussy)
40 grams good quality butter, melted
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
Zest one lemon, very finely grated
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup slivered almonds
Last year on Christmas day our oven was full of the turkey and other goodies, so we preheated the BBQ on a high heat and cooked them in there with the lid closed for a couple of minutes.
With lemon cheeks, scattered parsley leaves and a sprinkling of sea salt. I added some garlic flowers and other edible flowers.
Replace the butter with ghee (my preference) or macadamia nut oil.
You can replace the almonds with crushed macadamia nuts (I love this version a lot).
Replace the nuts with fresh bread crumbs or just leave off.
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