Cracking Crusted Diver Scallops

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Cast Iron , Chef Jeff Henderson, Aired on Fri 6/24
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Cracking Crusted Diver Scallops with Fried Corn & Tasso Ham


1  large bag pork skins, ground to dust

8 to 10 large diver scallops

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ tablespoons fresh ground black pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter


1.   Place pork rinds in a food processer and grind until powder form, remove from processor.

2.   Spread ground pork powder on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and dry overnight.

3.   Drizzle scallops with olive oil and season with black pepper. Take each scallop and press top and bottom into pork skins. Add butter to a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Allow butter to brown, until you smell a nutty fragrant.

4.   Place scallops in the skillet and sear on both sides until crispy and tender about 2 to 3 minutes on both sides. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate until ready to serve.

Fried Corn & Tasso Ham


3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup Tasso ham, diced

2 ears corn, husked and kernels removed

½ large onion, diced

½ cup green bell peppers, diced

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

Creole season to taste

3 tablespoons kale, finely chopped


1.    Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, corn, onions, green peppers and garlic. Sauté until vegetables until fragrant and softened about 5 minutes.

2.    Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in kale and serve.


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Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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