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National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

May 16

When is National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day?

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day happens on Thursday May 16, 2024.

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day: Indulging in French Elegance on May 16th

Bonjour, gourmands! May 16th marks a special day for seafood and French cuisine enthusiasts – National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating the exquisite French dish, Coquilles Saint Jacques, known for its rich flavors and elegant presentation. Comprising tender scallops, creamy sauce, and often a golden crust, this dish is a true testament to the finesse of French cooking. Let’s dive into the culinary art of preparing Coquilles Saint Jacques and honor this delightful dish in style. 🇫🇷

The Essence of Coquilles Saint Jacques:

Coquilles Saint Jacques, translating to ‘Scallops Saint James,’ is a classic French dish. Typically, it includes seared scallops, a rich creamy sauce, mushrooms, and is gratinéed under a broiler. Served in scallop shells, it’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

Celebrating National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day:

  1. Cooking at Home: Challenge yourself to recreate this classic dish. Look for authentic recipes that guide you through the steps of preparing and presenting this delicacy.
  2. French Dining Out: Visit a French restaurant to savor this dish prepared by expert chefs. It’s a perfect excuse for a fine dining experience.
  3. Cooking Class: Join a French cooking class to learn the nuances of making Coquilles Saint Jacques and other French specialties.

Recipe Highlights for Coquilles Saint Jacques:

  • Scallops: The star of the dish, scallops should be seared to perfection, golden outside, and tender inside.
  • Creamy Sauce: A rich sauce made with cream, wine, and herbs complements the delicate flavor of scallops.
  • Mushrooms: Adds an earthy flavor that contrasts beautifully with the seafood.
  • Cheese & Breadcrumbs: A sprinkle of Gruyère cheese and breadcrumbs, broiled until golden, creates a delicious crust.

Tips for Perfect Coquilles Saint Jacques:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality scallops and mushrooms for the best flavor.
  • Don’t Overcook: Scallops should be cooked briefly to retain their tenderness.
  • Individual Servings: Serve in scallop shells or small gratin dishes for an authentic and impressive presentation.

Pairing with Coquilles Saint Jacques:

Pair with light sides like a green salad or steamed asparagus to keep the focus on the main dish.

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day is more than just about enjoying a dish; it’s about celebrating the artistry and elegance of French cuisine. Whether you’re experiencing it in a fancy restaurant or trying your hand at it in your kitchen, Coquilles Saint Jacques is sure to provide a memorable culinary experience. So, let’s embrace our inner chefs and toast to the delightful world of French gastronomy! 🇫🇷🍽️

When does National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day happen next year?

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday May 16, 2025
  • Saturday May 16, 2026
  • Sunday May 16, 2027
  • Tuesday May 16, 2028
  • Wednesday May 16, 2029


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