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Seared Scallops on Braised Wild Mushrooms

Seared Scallops on Braised Wild Mushrooms

Although this dish is quick and easy with few ingredients, its luxury comes from truffle oil-enhanced mushrooms. The crisp crust on the scallops renders a textural contrast to the tender mushrooms. To get the best crust, be sure your skillet is very hot, and only turn the scallops once during cooking.

Cooking Light FEBRUARY 2005

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 4 1/2 ounces scallops, 1/2 cup watercress, and 1/2 cup mushroom mixture)

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 cup sliced oyster mushroom caps (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon truffle oil or extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups trimmed watercress

Preparation

Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 2 minutes or until mushrooms begin to soften. Add wine, thyme, and juice; reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Pour mushroom mixture into a bowl. Stir in truffle oil; cover and keep warm.

Wipe pan dry with paper towels. Pat scallops dry with paper towels; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place cornmeal in a shallow dish; dredge scallops in cornmeal. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in pan over high heat. Add scallops; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve over watercress and mushroom mixture.

Wine note: No matter how they're prepared, scallops have a flavor that's unique, complex, and earthy, while their texture is almost creamy. And while all sorts of white wines work well, there's a European classic that's not to be missed: albariño. Albariños are fresh, superlively, and have light peach, citrus, and almond flavors. Try Burgans Albariño 2002 (Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain), $12. -Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 252
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 31.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.3g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 578mg
  • Calcium: 69mg
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