Scallops a la marinera are a very popular traditional dish at Christmas parties, which is when it is easiest to find them, especially in Galicia. Out of season we can find them frozen, which are already clean and ready to be cooked, they are of good quality and are very good once defrosted.
Scallops are excellent seafood, therefore, preparing this dish is guaranteed success, as all your guests will like it very much. In addition, it is simple and quick to prepare. It is an easy recipe where the important thing is that the scallops are of good quality. Once obtained, keep reading and discover in Free Recipes how to make scallops a la marinera.
Ingredients to make Scallops a la marinera:
How to make Scallops a la marinera:
If your scallops are frozen, let them thaw before you start. Later, clean them well under the tap to remove any dirt from the shell. If they are fresh, you should keep them in salted water for a couple of hours, changing the water 2-3 times in those two hours so that they release all the sand and do not spoil the dish. After time, remove the water and clean them with a paper napkin. Place them in an oven-safe dish.
Peel and finely chop the onion, wash red pepper and chop it too small.
Heat a skillet over medium heat with a good drizzle of olive oil. When it’s hot add the vegetables and let them poach keeping the fire temperature.
Once poached, pour the white wine. For this recipe for scallops a la marinera, it is preferable to choose a good white wine, such as Ribeiro. Let the alcohol reduce for about 5 minutes and add the pepper, salt and half a teaspoon of sweet or hot paprika.
In this step, for those who do not want to notice the pieces of vegetables, the preparation can be crushed to obtain a delicious sauce.
Put a little salt and pepper on each scallop and a few tablespoons of the sofrito so that the entire shell is covered.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the shells. Gratin the seared scallops in the oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown, at 180ºC.
When they are golden brown, take them out and serve them accompanied by a very cool white wine. Your sea scallops! As you can see, it is a very easy to make and spectacular starter, with which you will surprise your guests at any time of the year.
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