Saturday, January 23, 2016

'SIMPLE ONE PLATE SUPPER' ~ SCALLOPS with FENNEL GRENOBLOISE & GINGER SCALLION NOODLES

"Scallops are expensive, so they should be treated with some class. But then, I suppose that every creature that gives his life for our table should be treated with class."

~  Jeff Smith (The Frugal Gourmet)


 SCALLOPS with FENNEL GRENOBLOISE

Quick-cooking scallops are excellent with sweet fennel and a buttery lemon-caper sauce. From Kay Chun and Food & Wine)



2  Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1  lb. sea scallops
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2  Tbsp. unsalted butter
1  medium fennel bulb - trimmed, halved, and thinly slices, fronds reserved for garnish
2  Tbsp. drained capers
2  Tbsp fresh lemon juice (*I also included lemon zest), plus lemon wedges for serving
2  Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • In large nonstick skillet (not a fan of non-stick, I use large stainless sauté pan), heat the olive oil. Season scallops with salt & pepper and cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 2 - 3 minutes. Turn scallops and cook until just opaque throughout, 2 -3 minutes longer. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  • Melt butter in skillet. Add sliced fennel and capers and cook over hight heat, stirring, until fennel is crisp-tender and lightly golden, 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice (zest) and parsley and season with salt & pepper.
  • Spoon fennel around the scallops and garnish with chopped fennel fronds. Serve with lemon wedges. (Suggested pairing ... a bright Spanish white)


( Scallops with Fennel Grenobloise)



GINGER SCALLION NOODLES

( Adapted from "Momofufu" by David Chang and Peter Meehan and tasted by the Chicago Tribune )

6 oz. ramen noodles or lo mein, rice noodles, or Shanghai thick noodles (I used brown rice noodles)
6  Tbsp. Ginger Scallion Sauce (recipe follows)
1/4  cup of any/all/none of the following: sliced bamboo shoots, quick-pickled cucumbers, roasted cauliflower or any other vegetables you have on hand (I omitted the veggies since the fennel was to be 'star of the show' veggie flavor ... )


Heap drained noodles in a bowl. Spoon on ginger sauce. Add a heap or two of vegetables, if you like and serve. (2-4 servings)


Ginger Scallion Sauce

Toss together 2  1/2 cups thinly sliced scallions (white and green from 2 bunches), 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh ginger, 1/4  cup grapeseed or other neutral oil, 1 1/2 tsp. light soy sauce, 3/4 tsp. sherry vinegar (I used champagne) and 3/4 tsp kosher salt. Let rest 15 minutes. Toss again. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Keeps nicely in the fridge, ready for noodle duty. 


(Ginger Scallion Noodles)




(Scallops with Fennel Grenobloise and Ginger Scallion Noodles)

2 comments:

PlantPostings said...

Yum! Your friends and family are so fortunate to have such a great cook around! I'm not a bit scallops fan, but these look delish!

joey said...

Thx Beth. My Mikey LOVES scallops! 2-3 are max for me but this was one of 'the bestest' recipes I have tried in a long time. The sweet crisp fennel and buttery lemon-caper sauce was a perfect companion for the scallops as was the spicy side of Ginger Scallion Noodles.