This dish is AMAZING! I made it for our anniversary dinner. Rich and decadent, but not so much that it's offensive. The dish is nicely balanced and such a wonderful blend of flavors. The slightly spicy cornmeal crust on the scallops, is a beautiful contrast to the creamy stone ground grits. The Vanilla Beurre Blanc....unbelievable. We thought the vanilla was going to ruin the dish, but all it did was enhance it. The beurre blanc ended up having just a subtle hint of the vanilla and really pulled the whole dish together. I didn't add the 1 TBSP of vanilla vodka to the beurre blanc, simply because I didn't have any on hand. I don't think the dish suffered because of the omission. This is definitely not a light meal, with almost 2 sticks of butter, but it is perfect for a special occasion and worth every extra calorie.
Blackened Sea Scallops over Stone-Ground Grits with Vanilla Beurre Blanc
sddraway Posted: 07/11/12