The pros: Trader Joe's Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms is frozen but gives you well cooked scallops from the freezer.
The cons: This product contained far more peas than mushrooms. The cheese and seafood combination might not appeal to everyone's tastebuds.
The verdict: I love cheese. I love seafood. However, the idea of mixing the two doesn't sound very appealing. I've tried a number of seafood items from the freezer section of Trader Joe's and found very few items I wouldn't want again. Likewise, when I tried the Winter seasonal item called La Fondue, it was divine. That being said, the idea of mixing seafood with the fondue did not sound appealing which is probably why I chose to walk past it so many times. Fortunately, if you haven't tried this item, it's nothing like that.
This item reminded me of an alfredo made of Emmental Swiss in the place of parmesan. It was not thick like fondue either. Out of the bag, I was a bit confused. I was concerned that very large scallops might come out of this. The scallops were small and tender out of the oven. They were not overcooked as they were covered in the frozen cheese mixture. The peas still had texture, but there were a lot of them compared to the amount of mushrooms. I did wish there were more mushrooms here.
This is an item that would be best enjoyed with something that would absorb the sauce like rice or a pasta. Straight out of the oven the sauce was pretty hearty. There was a good amount of seafood for the price. In fact, for $5.99 per one pound bag this isn't a bad deal. The one thing I did not test out how it would hold up using the microwave. I do try to avoid putting any seafood in the microwave.
Overall, I liked but didn't love this product. I thought it was good but still find cheese and seafood a bit weird. Strangely enough I would eat a Surf and Turf dinner, so I'm not sure why I would find dairy and shellfish so strange. It's something I might pick up on occasion to breakup some dinner monotony. This bag says it has 3 servings to it, but I think it would comfortably serve about 2 people with some pasta or rice. This is definitely a take it or leave it type of items. I'm sure it has it's fans, but it did not wow me at all.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get when you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms:
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The directions on how to prepare this:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
With some pasta:
Would I buy this again? While this will not go on my weekly list, Trader Joe's Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms is a good choice for something to have every now and again. I'd consider buying this again.
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