In Italy scallops are called "capesante", or holy shells and they are known also, in French as "Coquille St. Jacques". A funny name for a shell. Apparently they have been called like this after the priest who used to use them to hold water for the blessing of the pilgrims.
If you can find fresh scallops it is worth making this quick and tasty starter. Great for a dinner party; you can cook them in their shell and you will impress your guests without too much effort. Make sure you don't overcook them to avoid them turning chewy.
Gratinated scallops are very easy to prepare. You can buy them already cleaned at your fishmongers and they will only take 10 minutes to cook.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
Chop finely the parsley and the garlic
Sprinkle a little olive oil on each shell and put 1 tsp of the chopped parsley and garlic over the oil
Put the scallop in the shell and sprinkle a little salt and pepper
Now sprinkle 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs over it
And a little olive oil too
Cook in a hot oven at 180C or 350F for 10 minutes and serve hot