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Scallops with Vegetables

Cappesante con le Verdure
This is a visually appealing dish as well as tasting good and good for you. Use dry scallops and do not overcook them. Serves 4


2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3 x 1/4-inch lengths

8 large Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1 cup green string beans, trimmed

1/2 cup organic cornmeal

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

2 large beefsteak tomatoes, each cut into 4 thick round slices

4 tablespoons butter

4 large shallots, peeled and minced

1 pound large sea scallops, dried on paper towels

2/3 cup dry white wine


 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

 Pour the olive oil into a bowl; add the salt.  Keeping the vegetables separate, toss the carrots, Brussels sprouts, and string beans in the olive oil.  Transfer each vegetable to a baking sheet, but keep them separate and in a single layer.

 Bake the vegetables until a knife is easily inserted into them, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Cover and keep warm.

 While the vegetables bake, combine the cornmeal, thyme and salt to taste in a dish.  Dredge each tomato slice on both sides in the cornmeal mixture.  Set aside.

 Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 12-inch sauté pan over medium heat.  Brown the tomato slices in the butter on both sides.  Transfer to a dish and keep warm.

 Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and cook the shallots until they are soft; transfer them to a small bowl.  Raise the heat, add the scallops in a single layer and cook them until they are nicely browned on each side.  Return the shallots to the pan; pour in the wine and stir everything gently for a minute or two.

 Place 2 tomato slices in the center of each of 4 dinner plates.  Divide and mound the scallops on top of the tomatoes.  Pour some of the pan juices over the scallops.  Divide the baked vegetables into fourths and put a pile of each around the mounded scallops.  Serve immediately.

 Note:  If Brussels sprouts are not available, substitute either white or yellow cauliflower.

 This recipe is featured on show 1816, Dinner is Ready – Le Cena e Pronta.


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