Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Scallops with Hazelnut Brown Butter

A simple recipe that will sort of make you feel like your eating healthy. For some reason Allen wasn't a big fan of this recipe but I can't remember why (I think I just liked it so much I blocked out his criticisms)!

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup hazelnuts, skins removed coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound large sea scallops (about 12), muscles removed, cut in half horizontally
1 to 2 bunches (about 1/2 pound total) arugula (preferably baby), washed well and dried

1. In a large skillet, stirring frequently, cook butter over medium heat until golden brown and most of the foam has subsided, about 4 minutes. Immediately transfer butter to a small bowl. Stir in hazelnuts and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Cover hazelnut butter to keep warm, and set aside. Wipe out pan with a paper towel.

2. Season scallops generously with salt and pepper. Place same skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, cook scallops, in two batches (to avoid steaming), until browned and opaque in center, turning over once with a thin-bladed metal spatula, about 2 minutes total.

3. Divide arugula among four serving plates; top with scallops. Spoon hazelnut butter over scallops.

1 comment:

Roonie said...

I would inhale these like nobody's business!