Scallops With Celery Root Salad
Photo: France Ruffenach
- 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
- 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.
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