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Smoked Seafood A Happy Treat

Mar 8, 2008
One of the best courses to serve during summer is smoked seafood. For a light yet delicious meal, consider an appetizer of smoked oysters to start. These tasty treats can be bought in most markets as well as chosen farms that specially breed them to sell. If you are lucky enough to live by a port or in a town near the ocean, you will probably find oysters easily. Some may need to venture further away, but the trip will be worth it.

Summertime is probably the best time of the year to enjoy a smoked seafood treat, but there is no reason why you can't spoil yourself year round. Even in the fall or winter, smoked seafood will still add an exotic and mysterious flare to any social event or gathering.

Examples of smoked seafood include clams, smoked scallops and mussles. Farm-raised mussles have the obvious advantages of being fresh and readily available but wild varieties are equally delicious. Hard clams, also called quahogs, live in sandy coves and are caught at low tide. Quahogs taste great when stuffed with butter and garlic. Clams are very popular in pasta dishes, but clam chowder still remains one of the most popular clam dishes!

Scallops are meatier than clams and require very little preparation. Sea scallops are delightfully large, though must be shucked (removed from their shells) almost immediately after capture to ensure they don't lose moisture and die. It is important not to overcook smoked scallops, or you will end up with a chewy, inedible morsel.

Mussels have blue-black shells and brown hairs called byssal threads attached to their shell. Their meat is usually an orange color and they are full of protein. As with clams, mussels taste great smoked and should remain encased in their shell until cooked.

Other smoked seafood includes smoked crab and smoked shrimp.Once you get down to the meaty goodness of crab legs, you will want to make this smoked seafood part of your everyday diet! Crab is maybe the most popular shellfish and is widely bought and eaten. The crabbing industry is a multi-million dollar one.While eating crab can be messy and often difficult, special tools have been created to make cracking crab easier.

It adds a Cajun flavor to classic Creole dishes such as Jambalaya and gumbo. Whatever way you choose to serve, it, shrimp cooked in this manner will make any meal one to remember. Shrimp can be added to any meal and is a great variation in burritos, tacos, pasta dishes and more. Smoked shrimp spices up stews and soups.

Smoked seafood is a treat that everyone should get the chance to enjoy. If someone you know has not had the opportunity to enjoy this tasty and delicious way to enjoy seafood, then take it upon yourself to share this experience with them.
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If you don't live in the North East - you can always go to the grocery store and purchase some lobster clambake. If you want to guarantee the ultimate in freshness, order from an seafood portal such as Quality Fresh Seafood.
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