Monthly Archives: May 2011

Seared Scallops with Pickled Vegetables

Scallops are such a good way to be impressive without being a lot of work.  We have a great seafood place in town so we are lucky to always be able to get high quality scallops, but they are rather pricey. Hence, they usually only make an appearance at our house in the form of an appetizer.  I wanted to do something light, but also wanted something that would contrast well with the sweetness of the scallops.  I love the sweet, rich, almost caramel-ly flavors that scallops really show when they are seared just right, and I thought the acidic pickled flavors in this salad were a good pair.

Seared Scallops with a Pickled Vegetable Salad

Serves 2 appetizer portions

  • 4 large sea scallops, side muscle removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • big handful mixed greens
  • 1/3 cup pickled onions
  • 5 cornichons, halved and sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon(ish) olive oil

Thoroughly  season scallops on each side with salt and pepper.

Melt butter over medium high heat in a saute pan.  Add scallops and sear on each side for about 3-4 minutes.  Be sure to let them develop a nice brown sear on each side before you flip them.

Remove from pan and let rest at least 5 minutes.

As scallops are resting, assemble salad.  Mix lettuce, pickled onions, cornichons, roasted red peppers, chives, sherry vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.

Place a small mound of salad on two plates.  Top each salad with 2 scallops.  Serve.

It’s Morel Mushroom Season!

Yes, rain and warm temps means Morels are popping up everywhere.  Last weekend, I spent hours in the woods hunting these priceless gems and was handsomely rewarded!  Not really at all.  My mom bought them from a roadside stand in a town of about 20 people and gave me a pound. Thanks, Mom!

A few of my morels.

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Say Pimento Cheese!

Last Friday evening, I decided we should have some drinks and snacks.  I was deliberating on what to throw together when the light bulb went off.  Pimento Cheese!  I had been having a hankering for it since out trip to Nashville, and it is really a cinch to throw together.  With it, I do think it tastes best to let the flavors meld together overnight, but like there was any chance in hell I was going to wait over night to eat it.  Please.

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