Baked Scallops with Pineapple Salsa

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Sea scallops bake perfectly when dusted with seasoned cracker crumbs and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice.  Pineapple salsa adds just the right sweet and tart flavor.  Served with baby green peas and garnished with a tomato “rose” – this is beautiful on the plate and delicious for the palate, an elegant meal that is simple to prepare.

Baked Scallops

1 lb. large sea scallops (around 10)

1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 lemon

garnish (parsley, chives, or thyme)

Set oven to 350 degrees.  Coat  8X8 baking dish with oil or cooking spray. Combine crushed crackers and seasoning in small bowl.  Coat scallops one at a time in crumbs and place in baking dish.

Mix melted butter, wine, and lemon juice and drizzle over scallops.  Bake until scallops are beginning to turn golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a few leaves of parsley on top and a spoon of pineapple salsa on the side.

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Pineapple Salsa

2 cups chopped fresh pineapple, may substitute canned pineapple.

2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and serve with grilled or roasted seafood.  This is also a great condiment to serve with roasted pork tenderloin  or ham.