Monday, January 01, 2007

Curried Scallop Cakes

These turned out to be a perfect appetizer that I will definitely make again.

Creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, these are fragrant with Indian curry and cilantro. Scallops are a less expensive alternative to crab, and they make a moist, plump little cake. Prepare the scallop cakes ahead and simply reheat right before guests arrive.

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1 1/2 pounds fresh sea scallops, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 large egg yolks
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)*
Vegetable oil

Mix first 9 ingredients and 1 1/2 cups panko in large bowl to blend. Cover mixture and refrigerate 1 hour.
Place remaining 2 cups panko on large plate. Form scallop mixture into balls, using 1 heaping tablespoon for each. Coat in panko, flattening slightly.

Heat enough vegetable oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat to come 1/4 inch up sides of pan. Working in batches, sauté scallop cakes until golden and cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer scallop cakes to paper towels to drain. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Reheat on baking sheet in 350°F oven 8 minutes.) Transfer scallop cakes to platter.

*Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) can be found at Asian markets and in the Asian foods section of some supermarkets.

Makes about 40.



dive said...

These sound yummy!
The trouble with me and scallops is that they get eaten before I get a chance to cook something like this with them.

Robyn said...

The trouble with me and scallops is that not everyone in my family likes them, so I don't cook with them very often. In this case, they are a bit disguised. I also like that these can be made ahead.

molly said...

These look really good. I had scallops last night too. Mine were wrapped in bacon. Did the tiramisu turn out alright?

Robyn said...

Molly, the tiramisu was perfect. The brandy custard was so good I could have just eaten a bowl full of it with a big spoon and skipped the rest. Thanks!