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Caprese Scallop Stacks

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


1 dozen

Scallops and zucchini put a creative and tasty twist on the traditional caprese recipe. The red and green colors make it perfect for the Christmas season. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
Caprese Scallop Stacks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 12 sea scallops (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried currants
  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Watercress, optional


  1. Cut zucchini into 1/3-in.-thick slices; place in a steamer basket over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 1-2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cut scallops in half horizontally. In a large skillet, saute scallops in 1 tablespoon oil until firm and opaque. Remove and keep warm.
  3. To serve, place zucchini slices on a serving plate. Layer each with a scallop half, some chopped roasted pepper and a scallop half. In a small bowl, combine the pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, currants, capers, mustard, lemon zest and remaining oil; spoon over stacks. Garnish with watercress if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 98 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 fat.

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