February 20, 2007

Scallops Tonight

Seafood is one of my favorite foods to cook. Seafood is also a very healthy food, and we all need to probably put a little more healthy food in our diets.

So, today I’ve pulled an old recipe out of my recipe box. This recipe is from Food Network’s Alton Brown, who has become one of my new favorite cooks on the network. I’ve made this meal many, many times. I like it served with a nice garden salad, mixed veggies and dinner rolls.

Seared Scallops
By Alton Brown

1 to 1 1/4 pounds dry sea scallops, approximately 16
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Add the butter and oil to a 12 to 14-inch saute pan on high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the fat begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a 1/4-inch golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve immediately.

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