Sunday, August 10, 2008

Recipe of the Week - Scallop & Mushroom Florentine!

Recipe of the Week August 8th 2008

This is a super recipe for a Brunch or as a Dinner Side. It is easy to make and can be completed using one skillet and one baking dish!

Serves 4
1lb Wild Ocean Seafoods® Giant Sea Scallops
Sea salt and pepper
1/4 Cup White Rice Flour
2 Tbsp Oils of Aloha Kuai Herb Macadamia Oil (Olive Oil can be Substituted)
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 Cup diced yellow onions
1 large garlic clove minced
8 oz of Crimini Mushrooms
1/2 cup dry white wine
8 oz fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese

Prep: (Mis en place)
Preheat oven to 275 degrees
Season rice flour with salt and pepper in a baking dish
Dice Onions & Mince Garlic
Dredge scallops in Seasoned Rice Flour (Toss any remaining flour and re-use the baking dish in the last step)

In a large skillet on medium heat add two tablespoons of Macadamia Oil.
When oil is very hot, sauté' scallops on one side until golden brown, about 2 minutes Turn scallops and cook for about 2 minutes more so that the scallops are still raw in the middle
Transfer scallops to a large heat proof platter and place in the oven to stay warm.
In the same pan add butter and saute onions until just soft, then add the garlic and saute for a minute together. Add in mushrooms and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, turning often until browned and tender.
Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
Cook for 2 minutes to reduce wine
Add the spinach in handfuls to the pan and let each wilt before adding more. Toss in the pan with the sauce. When all the spinach has wilted add to an ovenproof pan and place the scallops gently over the top.
Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and bake for about seven minutes until the cheese has melted and the scallops finish cooking in the center.

Serve with lemon wedges and a glass of white wine or serve up with two sunny side up eggs.

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Seafood & Product News
Macadamia Oil - You may have noticed that we are cooking with Macadamia Oil in all our recent recipes. Yup, we sell the oil! But there is a more important reason; Macadamia Oil is simply the healthiest and most versitile cooking oil avalable. We love olive oil, but good oilive oil is quite expensive, and the smoke point is somewhat low, making it unsuitable for many stir frys & the BBQ. Many online recipes have embraced canola oil. Canola oil is not as shelf stable as olive oil or Macadamia Oil, thus buying the "big bottle" usually leads to off tasting food after a few months or throwing out the oxidized, unused portion. By comparison, Macadamia Oil has a shelf life of 20 months after opening and needs no refrigeration. Lastly in the debate between Omega 6 (bad fats as we consume too much in our diet) and Omega 3 (good fats that we generally need more of), Macadamia Oil has the lowest ratio (3:1) of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. This ration is 4 times better than olive oil (8:1) and almost the same as canola oil (2.6:1). (Every other cooking oil is off the chart, in fact none except corn oil at a 61:1 ratio have ANY Omega 3's at all!)

King (Chinook) Salmon - We are still highly constrained on King Salmon supplies and have taken them off the web site until inventories and prices improve. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we expect to have King Salmon back in good supply in the next couple weeks.

Pacific Halibut - A lot of Halibut fishermen take a break in the summer and go salmon fishing for a couple months. Now that the Bristol Bay Salmon run is over, more boats are re-rigging for Halibut or Crab. Since the Halibut Season is quota based, we expect Halibut landings right thru to mid November. Supplies are good, fuel is keeping the prices relatively firm.

King Crab - The Brown (Golden) King Crab Fishery in the Aluetian Islands opens August 15th. The Golden King Crab is significantly smaller than Red or Blue King Crab with the largest legs coming in at 1/2 to 2/3lb each. We normally do not carry Golden King Crab, but Golden King Crab "Clusters" may make an appearace on our menu this fall.

Dungeness Crab - We have been out of Whole Cooked Dungeness Crab since March. The Alaska Dungeness Season has been ongoing, but the high shipping cost of the whole crab has been prohibitive. We should have local Washington Whole Crab available by the end of the month. In the mean time, we have Alaska Dungeness Crab Clusters in stock.

NOH Hawaiian Seasonings - In just a couple weeks, we have sold out of several of these popular seasonings! The most popular seasonings so far in August are Oriental Stir Fry (Next weeks Recipe with Cubed Shutome Steaks), Hawaiian Poke Seasoning (Big dent in our 4/6oz Shibi Steak Inventory), Adobo Seasoning (Lots of Mahi & Ono Shipped with this seaoning) and Haupia (Hawaiian Coconut Pudding) Mix. There are a lot of great spices & seasonings for Pork, Beef & Chicken as well! We have flat rate shipping of 95 cents per seasoning! NO MSG!!!

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