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Scallop Burgers with Cilantro Lime Mayonaise

I am a huge food nerd.  I admit I spend hours a week flipping through my cook books and reading other food blogs and recipes sites.  When I found this recipe on http://www.food.com, I knew I had to try it as soon as possible because I really like scallops and like absolutely LOVE cilantro!  It has been long been a running joke in my family about how much I love scallops, because years and years (perhaps even a decade <gross!>) my grandpa had made scallops for us for dinner and I mentioned how good they were and how much I liked scallops.  Since he is the sweetest and kindest guy in the world, scallops were also on the menu the next time we went for dinner.  While we were eating them, he asked if I liked them and I of course replied that I did (because I honestly did!).  The next few times we were there he either made them or asked which of us liked them, and my family would all reply that we all did but I was the one who REALLY loved them.  If you mention scallops to my family, they will vouch for how much I love them 🙂  I would happily have my grandpa cook me scallops for many more years to come!

Phew, got a bit off subject!  Anyways, luckily I was able to convince my friend and taste tester Mandy to come over for dinner on Tuesday to give this a whirl.  Overall, we were both fans of the burgers.  In the future I would take the advice of using the food processor to chop the scallops and other ingredients (I did this by hand, trying to avoid another dirty dish!).  I think having the scallops diced a bit finer would have helped them stay together a little bit better.  I would reserve a bit of the scallops and roughly chop so you still had some bigger chunks in some bites.  Also, the recipe said to make them into little sliders which would be cute for a party, but since it was just Mandy and I, we made them burger size.

Scallop Burgers                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 medium vidalia onion, finely diced

2 TBS butter

2 lbs fresh sea scallops (since we were just making burgers for us, I used 3/4 of a pound)

3 TBS flour

3 TBS panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 TBS fresh lime juice

1 TBS freshly grated ginger

2 TBS oil

12 mini buns (or a few large buns)

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

4 TBS fresh lime juice (I used about 2 1/2 limes, but honestly didn’t measure)

1/2 tsp hot sauce

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

Finely the dice the onion and then saute in butter until translucent.  Remove from the heat and set to the side to cool.

While the onions are cooking, chop the finely chop the cilantro.  Mix the mayonnaise with the remaining ingredients until combined.  Put the mayo in the fridge to let the flavors meld.

Chop scallops (or chop in the food processor) until coarsely chopped.  Transfer to large bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients, except the vegetable oil.  I had to use slightly more flour and a bit extra of the bread crumbs.  Add the onions (which we forgot, so they were a topping on the burger).    If the mixture seems to lose add either more egg or flour.

Shape the mixture into little “slider” size or larger patties and place on lined dish.  Put the patties in the fridge to cool for about 1 hour or in the freezer for about 15 or 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in the skillet and place the patties or sliders in the pan until the scallops appear translucent and the patties are golden brown.

Place the burgers in the buns and top with the cilantro lime mayo and enjoy!  I served the burgers with a mixed greens salad with tomatoes, avocado and grilled corn kernels with a cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Salmon Cakes with Herb Mayonnaise

This recipe also came from my new “Finger Foods” cookbook!  It was really delicious, and could be made in the mini size like we did or easily into a larger patty for a salmon cake burger.

1 lb salmon fillet, skin and bones removed, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (I used a can of salmon, but sadly did not look closely enough at the can and it was not boneless and skinless, so there was still a good bit of dirty work to get it ready to use)

3 TBS dry breadcrumbs (I used panko)

1 TBS lightly beaten egg

1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest

3 1/2 tsp lime juice

3 tsp fresh dill, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

Place the salmon, breadcrumbs, egg, lime zest, 3 tsp lime juice and 2 tsp dill in a bowl.  Stir until the mixture comes together and the ingredients are evenly distributed.  Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

With wet hands, form small balls of the mixture (about 2 heaping tsp each).  It should form about 36 balls.  Please on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the herb mayonnaise, mix the remaining lime juice and dill with the mayonnaise and garlic in a bowl.

Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick frying pan.  Cook the salmon cakes in batches over medium heat for 2 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through.  Be careful not to over cook.  Drain on paper towels.  Top each with some herb mayonnaise and season well.  Serve immediately.

I placed each salmon cake ball in a little tasting spoon.  They looked so cute!  I wasn’t very good at taking pics while we were making that, but it’s very simple to put together!

Brown Rice with Lime and Cilantro

Cook brown rice according to the box (which I did not do this time, I opted to cover the rice and leave the burner on medium instead of lowering it to a simmer, whoops!).  Once it’s cooked, squeeze lime juice over the rice and stir in fresh cilantro.

Yumm!

Baked Honey-Lime Chicken

This recipe is from Good Housekeeping’s “Best Chicken Recipes” cook book.  The recipe says to use drum sticks, but I adjusted in and used chicken tenders.  The glaze got very dark and crunchy on the pan, but the chicken did glaze nicely and stayed moist.  Sadly, I was out of aluminum foil so my pan was a mess.  If you are making this with chicken tenders, I would maybe suggest cooking it at a slightly lower temp than it calls for.  It may also work a little better if you do actually use the drum sticks.

3 limes, plus wedges for garnish

1/4 cup honey

3 small garlic cloves, minced or crushed

1 tsp gound coriander

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

24 medium chicken drumsticks, skin removed or I used about 1 1/2 chicken tenders

1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped

Prepare over to 450.  From limes grate 2 tsp peel and squeeze 1/4 cup juice.

In small bowl, with fork mix honey, garlic, coriander, salt, pepper, lime juice and 1 tsp lime peel.

Arrange chicken on jelly roll pan.  Drizzle lime mixture over chicken, toss to coat evenly.  Bake for 30-35 minutes (I did about 15-20 minutes with the tenders), turning and brushing with glaze occasionally.

Transfer chicken to serving dish.  Drizzle with pan juices.  Sprinkler with cilantro and remaining lime peel.

Tequila Lime Shrimp

This is a recipe is some of my favorite flavors of the spring and summer.  Over the weekend, I had had more than enough of the cold and gray of winter and I wanted some light flavors.  I also have used this marinade on chicken and it tastes great!

I used about 1 pound of 31-40 raw shrimp

Marinade:

About 1/2 extra virgin olive oil

About 1/4 cup tequila

The juice of 2 limes

2 TBS minced red onion

Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 TBS minced garlic

Dash of salt and pepper

Mix all marinade ingredients together in bowl or ziploc bag (I use a bag, so that clean up is simple!) for at least 30 minutes and up to over night.  I put the shrimp on skewers and grilled them for about 5 minutes.  The shrimp are cooked when they turn a nice pink.  You could also saute the shrimp for a few minutes, flipping a few times.