I am sorry I made you wait one day before I presented this last skewer in my Kabob Party series. You see I am in Palm Springs, and I was feeling like I needed a cocktail. So yesterday I brought out a Sweet Basil Gimlet to wet my whistle. But trust me these grilled scallops skewers are worth the wait.
But before I get to the grilled scallops let me run something by you.
I am thinking about changing the format of Sippity Sup. I am thinking about making it a fashion blog. Sippity Sup- Serious Fun Fashion.
It’s no secret that I am really, really, ridiculously good looking. It’s like my good friend and male model Derek Zoolander always says, “I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking ‘wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career’.”
Well, I’m not sure I am as really, really good looking as Derek Zoolander, so I probably can’t be professionally good looking like him. But I could probably do it for a blog.
Can’t you just see it? I could do pictures of me strutting my male model stuff in all the latest fashions from Paris. Me in Givenchy. Sup! in Chanel. The entertainment value seems limitless. Not to mention all the great couture tips I could pass along to all of you! Who can’t use more couture tips?
We could start a weekly series called Sup’s! Fashion Farts! You could send me pictures of yourselves in whatever outfit you just spent your hard earned cash on. Then I could rake your design sense over the coals. I could act all haughty and superior. I think you guys might really like this…
And there’s no telling where this might lead… I could do a line of swimsuits for the middle-aged gay man. Something age inappropriate to remind him of the good old days.
Maybe I could even be a guest judge on Project Runway. I can quip with the best of them, “She looks like… like a baboon’s ass exploded all over her backside!” or “She looks like barefoot Appalachian Lil’ Abner Barbie.”
But I digress. I would not do this without your full support. So today I thought I’d run a small trial. Let you see what I had in mind. So without further adieu, I bring you the latest fashions from Palm Springs as worn by Sippity Sup!
Oh no… could it be? I think I am sensing some resistance from some of you. I hear some grumbling. I hope it’s your tummies. You want the scallops, huh?
Well, I guess there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? I guess Sippity Sup could become a fashion icon and still present food every now and then. Because even models gotta eat…right?
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
- 1 1⁄2 lb small beets, scrubbed, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
- 2 sea scallops, cleaned and prepped
- 1⁄4 lb prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 4 sprigs mint
- 2 lemons
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 T kosher salt
- 1 t freshly cracked black pepper
Fill a large pot with cool water. Add beets; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until beets are fork tender, but not mushy about 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly; rub away skins with a paper towel. Set aside.
Rinse scallops; pat dry. Wrap scallops in a slice of prosciutto, tucking in a mint leaf or two between the scallop and mint. Thread 3 or 4 scallops, alternating with beet, on each of 8 skewers. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon on all sides of the skewers. Brush gently with some olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Arrange skewers, off direct heat, on a medium-hot grill. Grill, rotating skewers and brushing with more oil as needed to prevent sticking, until barely cooked through about 5 minutes. The scallops will finish cooking as they rest. The beets should be soft and slightly charred. Remove from the grill and squeeze with the juice of the remaining lemon.
SERIOUS FUN FOOD