A classic New England dish that an turn any weeknight dinner to date night !
24oz of Bay scallops
1 cup crushed Ritz (or similar) crackers
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish: Lemon slice, chopped fresh chives or parsley
Preheat the oven to 325º, and set a rack to the second-to-top position.
Wash the scallops and pat dry.
Arrange scallops in a 8- by 8-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, garlic salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the scallops evenly with the breadcrumb mixture. Pour the butter over all, then sprinkle evenly with the lemon juice. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Turn the heat up to “broil” and, with the oven door ajar, brown the top for an additional 2 or 3 minutes (keep a constant eye on the dish to avoid burning). Serve hot!