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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Wednesday Night Stir-Fry- Sweet And Sour Scallops???


Occasionally, I get annoyed with the standard issue of food offerings.. I, like all of us, have left-overs or surplus food, and this is probably where I do my best work!
I took 12oz. of sea scallops, a pineapple looking for a place on this Earth, leftover brown AND white rice needing a purpose.... and helped them all!
I love the flavor print of sweet and sour Asian sauce... my wife- not so much! I created my own version of this sauce using orange juice, pineapple(finely minced), soy sauce, tomato paste, rice vinegar, brown sugar,sesame oil, hot sauce, crushed garlic, and corn starch (as the thickening agent!).. This sauce was bright, tangy, and yet had a sweetness you need to make it balance... Stir-fried green pepper chunks, onion, mushrooms, and more pineapple- to soften a bit, but still leave crunchy... Added thickened sauce, and sea scallops to mix and brought to heat, until scallops were done but still tender! The rice was micro'd until hot, and dinner commenced... I will cut the crap here and now- I am my toughest critic, but found no fault with this dish! My wife simply ate and went "Mmmmm-mm" a lot! Total cost of meal(with enough left-over for my wife's lunch tomorrow!), about $8.00...- which works out to less than $2.70 for each meal! Look at the photo, and think about it the next time you go into McDonalds... There is a better way to live, we just have to remember that!

23 comments:

Denise said...

I love scallops and have never thought to use them in stir fry. They look soooo good.

Donna-FFW said...

With each ingredient you listed in this fantastic stir fry, my own MMMMs were getting louder.

G-Man said...

8 Bucks?
INCLUDING scallops?
Great Deal.....

buffalodick said...

Denise- I was quite happy with the sauce, and the not "overdone" scallops!
Donna- I've really had to learn not to throw everything in the pantry when making stir-fry...
G-man- Cooking for two can be cheap, if you don't make too much!

Akelamalu said...

I'm not a big sweet and sour fan but MWM would love that!

JihadGene said...

Stir-fry scallops! I know them well.

buffalodick said...

Ake- The lack of corn syrup as a sweetening agent, made even my wife(who doesn't like sweet n sour normally either!)a believer in the lighter, brighter citrusy version...
Gene- A pleasant change, that was fairly healthy!

Marjie said...

I love adding this and that and coming up with something that's mine, and works. Sadly, it's hard to stir fry for 9, 10 or 11 people, so I use my oven or broiler and improvise. Still, I agree with you that sweet and sour is a great flavor combo!

Scarlet said...

I love anything sweet and sour, and pineapples or mangoes in (or with) my food.

I wish I could do what you do and take leftovers and whip them into something gourmet!

buffalodick said...

Marjie- Stir-fry for up to 4 people is my comfort level... Your crowd would be a challenge!
Scarlet- Pineapple sounded good, and by golly- it was! Having green bell peppers and pineapple made me think of stir-fry...

Mona said...

I LOVE the sweet sour Asian sauce. I like veggies it chicken cooked in the sauce with fried rice!

LiLu said...

I knew this was genius from the title alone. WHY HAVE I NOT THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE??

Thank goodness I have you...

pinknest said...

mmmm beats chicken mcnuggets!!

Jeanne said...

This looks yummy, but your potatoes au gratin over at Doggy's made me drool!

buffalodick said...

Mona- You would be a great person to cook for someday...
LiLu- I hope I figure out your wordpress, as I would miss you a lot!
Pink- You would be so all over this dish....
Raisin- I didn't take the "photo op" those other foodies(God bless them!) did... I just took a picture of what real food real people want to eat!

Chef E said...

You go Buff! I love the way you took those ingredients and gave them a purpose...to be on my plate!

A friends hubby called while we were walking and did not want to wait for her to come cook dinner, he wanted McDonalds, and she told him there was food in the fridge that had purpose and now I am laughing, but you are soooooo right...I hate fast food!

buffalodick said...

Chef- I eat the occasional drive thru stuff(like most of us!), but it has to be out of neccessity!

Angela in Europe said...

Sounds like something I can actually eat on my diet. I love that you made your own sauce. I always do my own. And great that you made a meal for an amount less than two Starbucks drinks!

MarmiteToasty said...

I love sweet and sour food...... I aint never had scallops before though.... but dammit that grub looks wonderful....

x

buffalodick said...

Angela- I've probably spent more time trying to perfect various sauces, than any other aspect of my cooking! I preach the savings of cooking it yourself, and utilizing left-overs!
Marmy- I like scallops, and these were tender and flavorful...

Just telling it like it is said...

I had no idea that you could stir fry sweet and sour scallops

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- Where you been? I think you can stir-fry anything that strikes your imagination...

doggybloggy said...

fast food around here is when I cook quick!