Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut Crust

Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut CrustRecipe
Howard L. Puckett

Recipe from

Coastal Living


1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup shortening
5 tablespoons ice water
2 tablespoons butter
1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large shallot, minced
1 pound bay scallops, drained well
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup Riesling or other white wine
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cooked wild rice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add butter and shortening, and pulse 5 or 6 times or until crumbly. With processor running, gradually add 5 tablespoons water, and process until dough forms a ball and separates from sides of bowl, adding more water if necessary. Cover and chill.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot; sauté 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove mushroom mixture from skillet; set aside. Add scallops to skillet; sauté 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside.

Whisk together cornstarch and wine in a bowl. Combine cornstarch mixture, cream, and cheese in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in mushroom mixture, scallops, rice, and remaining ingredients. Set aside and keep warm.

Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half to 1/8-inch thickness. Place one half of dough in bottom of a lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish. Spoon scallop mixture over crust. Place other half of dough over filling, pinching to seal edges. Cut slits in top of crust with a knife.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Wine note: Can I pair anything but Riesling? With the sweetness of the hazelnuts, the scallops, and the sauce, i would head straight for a bottle from Germany in the Mosel region. Something like Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2001 ($27). --Steven Geddes