Expirmental Cooking - take 1

Last week I took my first foray into creative cooking. It wasn’t a total failure. I was going for something like this:

It didn’t quite live up to my expectation, but it was definitely edible. I grabbed an easy recipe on allrecipes.com for sautéing the scallops (which I had never even thought about cooking before our Cincinnati trip) and making a sauce. The comments on the recipe said that it was super easy to add to and make your own, so I thought it would be perfect.

Here are my ingredients:

Frozen Scallops (bought at Aldi)
1 lemon
Garlic powder
Fettuccine noodles
Parmesan cheese
Butter, salt, pepper

I cooked about half of the bag of scallops in butter and garlic powder, adding some Parmesan cheese on top to give them a little crust. That was a massive fail didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. The cheese that didn’t land on the scallops very quickly burned in my skillet, ruining the butter base for my sauce. I gave up on cooking the rest of them.

I boiled the noodles like normal and cooked the peas in the microwave (lazy cook here!). I started over with the sauce. I melted butter and added the garlic powder, salt, and lemon juice. Then I tossed it all together in a big bowl with more cheese and got this:

I thought it tasted a little bit bland. The flavor was very light, which I liked, but there wasn’t enough of it. Brandon loved it though – I will deem this as a success!

I  baked the rest of the scallops the next night. I put them in a pan, poured melted butter, some garlic salt, lemon pepper seasoning, and some lemon juice over them. They held the flavor so much better! I threw them in the pasta for leftovers and the flavor really stood out.

If I do this recipe again, I might substitute the butter for olive oil and double the lemon juice, and maybe add some additional spices to give it a little more punch.

Stay tuned for my creative dessert too!!


Rachel said...

That looks so good! Might do that with shrimp, since Jon doesn't really like scallops!

Janna said...

You don't know how proud it makes me to see you cooking scallops!! :-)

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