How To Cook Dover Sole

We were poking around in the fish section at our Trader Joe’s. We had to do this exploratory quest as once again Trader Joe’s re-organized the area, and we can’t find anything! OK what I really should say was that Trader Joe’s has shuffled all the frozen items around, and now we are seeing all kinds of new stuff for the first time.

Which is exactly what happened!

We were searching for our usual salmon, but instead we discovered a whole package of Dover Sole! YUM! I love Sole as it is such a delicate/light fish.  So we bought the sole instead and had a fabulous couple of meals as a result. Trader Joe's Dover Sole

Dover Sole also cooks up super fast, so it is the perfect fish to  cook on a busy night. Here is what we did:

1. Thaw the fish (cool water in the sink)

2. Pre-heat your oven to 425~ nice and HOT.

3. On a foil-lined pan that is lightly oiled, arrange the fish in one level, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Trader Joe's Dover Sole 2

4. Roast in the oven for 5-10 minutes until fully cooked.

~ YES! Dover Sole is just that easy to cook!  You will love the sweet flavor of this fish and how fast it cooks in the oven.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Dover Sole? What did you think??

How To Cook Scallops

Scallops are a wonderful seafood item that cook quickly and taste wonderful by themselves or in a number of dishes such as pasta. We love their firm-soft texture and subtle “sea” flavor as well. When we are cooking scallops we like to pan fry them so that we can keep an eye on them. Scallops are a great example of “fast food” you will want to get them in and out of a pan fast!

Trader Joe's Scallops

Trader Joe's Scallops

Trader Joe’s has a number of different kinds of scallops to choose from (different sizes and with or without sauces). Today we chose to cook Trader Joe’s New England Wild Jumbo Seallops. (Frozen Sea Scallops).

What we do is to thaw the scallops in cool water, and then dry them off with a paper towel.

Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper (if you want).

Heat your pan (we like to use a non-stick skillet) on medium-high until hot.

Add your oil to the pan -1 -2 Tablespoons and turn the pan to coat evenly.

Place scallops in the pan, one at a time, to cook. Remember to leave room between the scallops so only fill the pan 1/3 to ½ full.

Cook for 2-3 minutes and then turn over. The scallops should be a nice golden color.

Cook on the second side for 2-3 more minutes or until your scallop is fully cooked. Cut a scallop in half and make sure that the whole scallop is the same color on the inside. Raw scallops are more translucent, cooked scallops are firm and creamy-white.

Remove scallops from pan. Scallops are ready to serve.

If you are cooking the scallops in a couple of batches, keep the cooked scallops warm in a covered oven-proof dish (in a low temp oven) until all the scallops are ready.

Scallops really are that quick and easy to prepare and serve. Try and not cook them for too long or they will get very chewy.

Cooked Trader Joe's Scallops

Cooked Trader Joe's Scallops

A bit dark and blurry…. but you can some of the color and the juice that has come out of the scallops.

How often do you eat scallops?

Meatless Monday: Go Italian This Week

This Meatless Monday we found a great new-to -us product at Trader Joe’s and thought it would be just fantastic for an Easy, Yummy  Meatless Monday Main dish, with a little Italian flair.  The product? Trader Joe’s Misto Alla Griglia Marinated Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini (ready to go in the freezer section of the store).

When we were planning this meal, we remembered that we had a half- used jar of spaghetti sauce as well as a tub of Parmesan cheese so we thought we would construct a mock- Eggplant Parmesan dish of sorts. The best part? we only used 3 ingredients for this dish!!!

Meatless Monday This Week

Meatless Monday This Week

First, we thawed the package overnight in the refrigerator, (but there are also microwave thawing directions printed on the label). Next we layered the grilled eggplant and zucchini in the dish and with the pasta sauce. (We placed half of the grilled veggies in the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish and then spread a thick layer of sauce over the top. Then the second layer of vegetables was placed on top of the sauce.) We then added a final layer of sauce to finish the dish.

The First Layers

The First Layers

Ready For The Oven

Ready For The Oven

We baked the dish at 350 for 15 minutes in the over, covered with a piece of foil. We then took it out and sprinkled the dish with parmesan cheese, and placed it back in the oven for another 15 minutes.  That was it!

Meatless Monday- Ready to Serve

Meatless Monday- Ready to Serve

We served this rich sauce Meatless Monday entrée with a green salad. But I also wanted to mention that garlic bread might be a nice addition to this meal.

Meatless Monday Dinner

Meatless Monday Dinner

This Meatless Monday Meal was so easy to put together and it smelled just WONDERFUL as it baked. We were really impressed with the Trader Joe’s Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini product as well. The vegetables were all the same thickness, and had nice grill marks but the best part was that they were not overcooked (or super soft from the freezer). They cut very easily but were not all “mush” when we served up our dinner.

How is Meatless Monday going for you? What exciting new dishes are you serving up?