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This dish makes a uniquely delicious first course. Look for matcha, a Japanese green tea powder with a vibrant color and deep, somewhat bitter, flavor in Asian grocery stores or gourmet markets. If you can't find it, pulverize regular green tea in a spice grinder.

Susan Herrmann Loomis
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2010

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Randy Mayor; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

Recipe Summary

Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place crème fraîche in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Add 1/2 teaspoon matcha, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and paprika, stirring with a whisk.

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  • Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon matcha and ground ginger in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; press ginger mixture through sieve. Sprinkle the ginger mixture evenly over scallops.

  • Heat a large heavy skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Arrange half of scallops in a single layer in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned and desired degree of doneness. Remove scallops from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and scallops. Arrange 3 scallops and about 1 tablespoon crème fraîche mixture on each of 6 plates. Sprinkle evenly with fleur de sel and chervil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

155 calories; fat 7.6g; saturated fat 3.3g; mono fat 2.9g; poly fat 0.7g; protein 17.3g; carbohydrates 2.7g; fiber 0.1g; cholesterol 46mg; iron 0.3mg; sodium 310mg; calcium 25mg.
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