"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart." — Celia Thaxter
PAN SEARED SCALLOPS with LEMON CAPER SAUCE
1 lb large wild scallops
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup white wine or vermouth
1 cup chicken broth
zest and juice of large lemon
2 Tbsp. rinsed capers
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
freshly ground black pepper
freshly chopped parsley for garnish
- Rinse scallops under cold water. Arrange on paper towel and pat dry ... remove as much surface moisture as possible for best browning results. Let sit 10 minutes at room temperature before cooking.
- Heat olive over over medium-high until oil ripples and just begins to smoke. Sprinkle scallops with sea salt and place in hot pan without crowding. Gently press with spatula to make contact with the pan.
- Sear Scallops without moving and cook until bottoms are rich golden brown, 3-3 1/2 minutes. Add butter to pan. Turn scallops over and cook using spoon to baste the scallops with the butter, tilting pan to collect butter as needed. When opaque in color and firm to touch, about 1 to 2 minutes, torn off heat and transfer to plate. Do not discard seared pan juices.
- Turn heat in pan to medium and add garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant but not browned. Increase heat to Medium-high and add wine. Simmer wine, stirring as needed until wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
- Turn heat to high and add chicken stock, lemon zest, lemon juice, and capers to pan. Cook until sauce is reduced by half, about 1/2 cup, about 8-10 minutes.
- Turn off heat and whisk in Dijon.
- Turn heat to medium and add scallops and cook until warm, about 2 minutes.
SIMPLE GARLIC LEMON ZOODLES
4 medium spiraled zucchini
8 minced garlic cloves
4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large juicy lemon plus zest
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in large pan and saute garlic until lightly golden. Add zoodles and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until noodles are softened, about 3-5 minutes. Gently spring in salt & pepper.