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Such a delicious appetizer you may want to skip the meal. The sweetness of the scallops with the fabulous flavor of Northwoods Seasoning atop a good crusty Italian bread is a marriage made in heaven. The recipe is for two, but this is a party pleasing appetizer that can easily be multiplied for a crowd.

  • 1/4 lb. good scallops - 5 large - they can be small too, but they need to be nice and fresh
  • 2 TB. butter
  • 2 slices crusty Italian bread
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • sprinkle flake salt

Preheat oven on low broil. Slice bread - not too thick - it needs to still be easy to bite topped with scallop pieces. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Peel and quarter the fresh Garlic, rub both sides of the bread with the cut Garlic pieces, discard the garlic. Sprinkle with Flake Salt. The bread should go into the oven at the same point the scallops go into the pan.
Melt the butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat. Pour the melted butter into a cup (a measuring cup with a spout it great), let it settle a bit, and carefully pour it back into the saute pan, leaving the sediment on the bottom and the froth on the top behind. Quarter the scallops if they are large, as you want nice bite-sized pieces. Add the scallops to the pan, adjust heat to about medium, and sprinkle with half the NORTHWOODS SEASONING. Put the bread in the oven at this point - but watch carefully, it only needs a minute, until the surface gets firm but not too toasted, and the edges golden brown. Remove the bread from the oven to serving plates when ready. As the scallops start to brown, after about two minutes, flip them over and sprinkle with the remaining NORTHWOODS SEASONING. Cook another minute, then place the scallops on the bread, picking them up with tongs to leave most of the butter behind. Use the back of a spoon to press the pieces into the bread a bit, so they don't roll off. 10 pieces of scallop per slice is about perfect.

Serves: 2.
Prep. time: 5 minutes.
Cooking time: 3 minutes.

Northwoods Seasoning 2.4 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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