HELP FOR VALENTINES DAY....My sweetie is craving sea scallops for home cooked romantic meal
OK so I'm a budget hound. I can't afford $35/pound diver scallops. I live in the N Miami Beach area. I saw previously frozen, dry pack, kinda small, but still sea scallops not bay scallops at my local Publix seafood display case. $17.00 pound. No tryphosphates added..so they say but hey had that way too white look to them.
Anybody have any last minute suggestions. I have no Costco card so I don't know their deals. I do know Whole Foods, Epicure and Fresh Market are usually way overpriced. Although I saw asparagus ( Mexican ) for $1.98/Pound.
I don't mind getting IQF and defrosting them in the fridge myself. I don't mind a 2 pound bag as I know she has other Scallop recipes we can make later. I also don't mind a minor road trip if I have to.
I'm thinking a simple sear but if anybody has any can't miss scallop recipes let me know. I will peruse the recipe links.
thanks in advance for keeping me off the couch
FWIW I happened to be in Costco when this thread was active. They had 3 different scallop offerings.
* U-15 frozen in bag, in the Seafood Special display area, 2.5LB for $32.49 (=$12.99 LB).
* U-15 individual (defrosted I believe but not sure) in in the Seafood Special display area, $13.49 LB
* 8-12 in packaged bag in frozen food section, 2LB bag, $27.59 = $13.79 lb.
None of the packaging had any info about additives of any sort. I'm not sure, though, if that def means they did not have.
Oh yes. I do know all about fresh scallops. I've bought them at the dock... in Stonington, Maine... in a near blizzard in the middle of January 1996. They'd just come in off the boat an hour earlier. I packed them and was on a flight to FLL a few hours later. I gave a few each to some chef/restauranteurs the next day... just to drive them somewhat nuts about how incredibly good these were.
I may have gotten them from this lady, in fact... who now supplies Thomas Keller and Jean Georges
WOW...you guys are fantastic...I'm off the couch until the next anniversary at least ! I'll rundown the results of my hunt below for anybody else that might be looking....
Laurenzos.....did not have....but I have seen them there before....almost everything there is overpriced anyway....cute atmosphere but I'm Irish not Italiano
Captain Jims....I was close by so I went in....The counter man could not even tell me if they were wet or dry pack or chemical additives....15.99 pound..looked like 20-30 size...stick to the Florida seafood here
Delaware Chicken Farm....knowledgable and helpful...I would definately shop here for other items...BUT....Scallops as described were wet pack with additives $13.99/pound approx...20 size....they get points for honesty but not what I was looking for.
And THE WINNER IS......TRIAR Seafood in Hollywood by a mile....Sounds like they are trying to get more retail business...new website coming etc...phone lady was very helpful and wanted my business....They were all dry pack no chemicals added....18.99 for the big boys 6-8 per pound...$15.99 for 8-12 per pound......can't tell you how fast I got my self up there.
The meal was a smash....grilled asparagus and hollandaise.....Risotto....and a quick hot sear on the Scallops. With some yummy applewood smoked bacon bits
I'd really like to make a reference to a fine Chianti and some Fava beans but that is just not a Valentines day movie !!!!
Very much appreciate everybodys input and Props to Triars Seafood