Being from Boston, my uncles were all fishermen. Therefore, I was treated to a LOT of seafood, over the years. There was absolutely nothing better than my uncles dropping off the days’ catch to my mom, who would almost make something amazing. I remember my uncle’s dropping off baby lobsters because no one would buy them, now we all know them as chicken lobsters, and if they were free, there would be a line around the block, to get them.
My husband grew up as a good old midwestern boy, but he vacationed every year at Cape Cod, where he ate his share of great seafood.
When I moved to Ohio after we got married, I noticed that the seafood was different, they didn’t have lobsters, they had crab legs, and I literally remember going through the supermarket and saying, what are those? They just looked like something that came from outer space. Instead of cod, they ate salmon. I have never had salmon, so it was an acquired taste, my mother in law made the best salmon that I have ever had. I will probably be making it in the next couple of weeks. She served it with a creamy dill dip, that even my son would eat (granted he would eat it without the salmon, but he would finish his bowl, LOL).
Seafood is important, it’s a great source of protein without a lot of fat. It hits most of the marks, gluten-free, low carb, and other diets.
Today, I am bringing you one of my favorite holiday dishes, Air Fryer, Scallops on the Half Shell With a Creamy Cheese Sauce. This makes a great appetizer and a great kid-friendly dish, because who doesn’t find it fun, to eat out the clamshell?
It is easy, delicious, and with the use of parchment paper, there is virtually no cleanup. Just simply rinse the air fryer basket, throw after the parchment liner, and your clean up from dinner or lunch is complete. This can be served as the main entree, over rice or over a garden salad.
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A really easy dish to make, and it is so low in carbs (KETO friendly) and low in calories. My family really enjoyed this. The air fryer here worked as a grill and even gave the scallops a nice char.
- 1 pound sea scallops
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup basil pesto (if doing KETO check sugars)
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- In a small saucepan, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, basil pesto, garlic and heavy cream, Simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the scallops in the air fryer basket or tray, and set the timer for 5 minutes at 320 degrees F. I flipped my scallops after 3 minutes, so both sides would get a nice coloring.
- POur the scallops into a small mixing bowl, then pour the sauce over it.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!