This dish is just a slight variation of the baked mussels I have featured before, this time using scallops. Everything came from the grocery, and it was dead easy to make. Buy some fresh or in this case, frozen scallops on the half shell. Heat your oven to 400F or higher. Melt some butter with minced garlic in the microwave, a step I like to do to avoid raw garlic on the shellfish which can be annoying. Sprinkle each scallop with some butter garlic mixture, then add a slice of pickled chili if you have it. Alternatively you can go with a small piece of chorizo or chinese ham. Then cover with a mixture of grated cheese and panko bread crumbs. Add some salt to the scallops if you like.
Bake this in a hot oven until the cheese melts and it turns slightly golden brown. So easy and so incredibly delicious. Far better with fresh scallops but I just bought the frozen ones because they were in the cold case staring at me in the grocery. The frozen ones tend to stick to the shell after cooked, so if you like, lift the scallop meat off the shell and brush the shell with butter before you do the rest of the steps… that way it will come off the shell easily when cooked. This is a terrific party appetizer and it really gets your salivary glands going. The chorizo or ham and scallop variation sounds really good as well. :)