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National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

May 16, 2016

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day is observed annually on May 16th.  This day is dedicated to the delicious Coquilles Saint Jacques dish, a dish usually consisting of scallops combined with a mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms and cheese, baked in a scallop shell.


Enjoy this “tried and true” Delicious Coquilles St. Jacques recipe below.

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  • 1 small  onion (sliced)
  • 1 stalk  celery (sliced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 slices  lemons
  • 1 cup  dry white wine
  • 1 lb  bay scallop (washed and dried)

  • 1⁄4cup  butter
  • 1⁄4cup  shallots (finely chopped) or 1⁄4 cup  onion (finely chopped)
  • 1⁄2cup mixed mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1⁄4cup  flour
  • 1 pinch  pepper
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup  gruyere cheese (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons  dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon  parsley (chopped)

  • 2 lbs  white potatoes
  • 1⁄4cup  butter
  • 1⁄4cup  milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1⁄4cup  parmesan cheese (grated)


  1. Prepare bouillon.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the bouillon with only 1/2 cup of wine in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Add other 1/2 cup wine and scallops and simmer another 5 minutes. Drain and reserve liquid and scallops only.
  3. Prepare sauce:.
  4. Melt butter and saute onions and mushrooms until tender. Remove from heat and stir in flour and pepper, blend well. Put back on heat and gradually stir in cream, bring just to boiling stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until thick 4-5 minutes. Add Gruyere and stir until melted. Remove from heat , stir in wine and 1/2 cup prepared bouillon and parsley. Add scallops and mix well. Divide into 6 scallop shell dishes.
  5. Prepare potatoes:.
  6. Peel potatoes and dice and cook. Mash potatoes with butter, milk, salt, pepper and yolk. Pipe potatoes around scallop shells on the edges only using pastry bag and star tip. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese all over.
  7. Place shells on baking sheet or cookie sheet. Broil 4 ” from heat on low until golden brown and heated through. About 2-3 minutes. Depends how cool things became when assembling you can also put in 400F oven for a few minutes first then on broil.

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