Scallops With Celery Root Salad

Photo: France Ruffenach
Plate grilled jumbo scallops on a bed of celery root rémoulade, a cool and creamy French sauce spiked with mustard. For a truly over-the-top experience, garnish each scallop with a spoonful of caviar and pair with Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Yield:

Makes 8 servings

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Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large celery root (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon hot paprika or cayenne pepper
8 jumbo dry-pack fresh scallops
Garnishes: caviar, dill sprigs

Preparation

Combine mayonnaise and next 7 ingredients until well-blended. Stir in celery root. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Combine olive oil and paprika; brush on scallops. Broil, sear, or grill scallops about 1 to 2 minutes per side or until heated through.

With a slotted spoon, divide celery root evenly among 8 plates, and top each with a scallop. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Chef John Recommends: A smooth, barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc to complement the sweet scallops and creamy celery root salad. Alternative Pours: A Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc that has seen some wood. Or one of the "meritage" whites--handcrafted wines from Bordeaux grapes--being made in California, such as Caymus Conundrum.

Note:

John Ash,

July 2007