Seared Sesame Scallops

This was the first time I had ever made scallops and I was a nervous wreck! I had read many horror stories of the scallops turning out tough and rubbery. These however, were like butter!  I served these with peanut noodles.

Ingredients:

12 large sea scallops

4-5 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

4-5 tbsp chives, chopped

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat large cast iron skillet over  high heat. Wipe pan with thin layer of vegetable oil.

Pat scallops dry. Combine sesame seeds and chives in small bowl. Roll sides of scallops in mixture, being careful not to get them on tops or bottoms because the seeds will burn very quick. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Sear about 2 mins per side to caramelize. Drizzle tops of hot scallops with sesame oil.

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Gazpacho with grilled shrimp

I had some tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden that my mother in law sent over that I needed to use so I decided on this gazpacho recipe! Its so good and refreshing and would PERFECT on a hot day. I made some grilled shrimp to go along with the soup to make the meal a little more substantial. I also served this with garlic bread.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/gazpacho-recipe/index.html

The shrimp is simply seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled!

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Asian Tuna Meatballs

This is a recipe that I found in Katie Lee Joels “The Comfort Table” cookbook. Jeremy and I LOVED these. They were so delicious and quick to make.  I cut the recipe down and it still made 12 1 inch meatballs. I dont have the cookbook near me so Im just gonna tell ya how I made them.

2 tuna steaks

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 inch ginger, grated

1/4 cup onion, grated and patted dry with paper towels

1/8 cup cilantro, chopped

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 cup sesame seeds, slightly toasted

Preheat oven to 5o0. Put tuna steaks in food processor and pulse until its near the consistency of ground beef. Put in large bowl. Combine everything with tuna except the sesame seeds. Mixture will seem wet but thats how its supposed to be. Roll tuna mixture into 12 1 inch meatballs. Roll in sesame seeds.Put on baking sheet thats been sprayed with olive oil spray. Bake for 7 mins.

Serve with mango chutney for dipping…….I also served this with fried rice

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Citrus Soy Shrimp StirFry

If you havent noticed by now, I love Rachael Ray. Ive made a ton of her recipes and have always liked them. This is one of my favs. Ive made it atleast 5 times but have always used chicken. I didnt have any chicken in the freezer so I decided to go with shrimp. I also didnt use any peas this time around because I didnt have any on hand and really didnt wanna go to the store.This really is a great alternative to take out.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/citrus-soy-chicken-pork-or-shrimp-stir-fry/

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