1. A type of design or pattern that can be produced on many different types of foods. Scallop cuts can be created with knives, manually by hand or with the use of scallop cutters that make the cut by stamping out the scallop formed in the cutter. Fresh breads, pies, cookies, vegetables, fruits, and meats are some of the various foods that may be prepared with scallop cuts.
2. Scallop may also refer to a cut of meat or fish that has a flattened shape, generally as a result of pounding, or by being very thinly sliced. This cut is usually very tender and requires only a few seconds of sautéing on both sides. The French word for this cut of meat or fish is "escalope".