NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY | MAY 16
On May 16th we celebrate National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day. This classic French dish is scallops in a creamy wine sauce, covered with breadcrumbs, and cheese, before it is browned, placed under a broiler. Cooks usually make this seafood scallop dish with a mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms, and their favorite cheese.
Coquilles Saint Jacques is also known as the Shell of St. James.
The scallop shell is a symbol of St. James, one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. Many legends surround the scallop shell and the symbolism associated with St. James. One suggests the scallop shell replaced bowls for water and food for pilgrims during their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Some also suggest that St. James used the scalloped shell to beg for food and water during his pilgrimage. In Christianity, the scallop shell also represents the symbol of baptism.
Coquilles Saint Jacques can be made with either bay or sea scallops. White wine, brandy, or cognac are used to cook the scallops. Most recipes call for Gruyere cheese but swiss may be substituted. Different recipes call for a variety of seasonings ranging from cayenne, tarragon, and paprika to curry and parsley. Bringing the entire dish together, it is then baked in the scallop shell. If you don’t have access to scallop shells, individual ramekins work well, too. French cut green beans with almonds and fried onions complement the scallops nicely if it is being served as the main course.
HOW TO OBSERVE Coquilles Saint Jacques Day
On National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day, consider making this dish at home. If you aren’t that adventurous, visit your seafood favorite restaurant and order it to celebrate. Any scallop lovers will want to celebrate this day to the fullest. We even have a recipe for you to try.
Enjoy this Delicious Coquilles St. Jacques recipe. Use #CoquillesSaintJacquesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this seafood holiday. While we do, check out these other seafood celebrations: