Seared Scallops with Brandied Leeks & Mushrooms

Seared Scallops with Brandied Leeks & Mushrooms

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007

Sautéed mushrooms and leeks have a robust flavor that marries nicely with a touch of brandy and sour cream in this quick scallop dish. Substitute vermouth for a more mellow flavor. The mushroom mixture is equally delicious served with steak or chicken. Make it a meal: Serve over barley.

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  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only (about 2)
  • ¼ cup brandy, or dry vermouth
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound large dry sea scallops, (see Note)


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  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to give off liquid, about 3 minutes. Stir in leeks; cook, adjusting heat to prevent scorching, until the vegetables are very tender and the leeks are starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add brandy (or vermouth) and broth; cook until reduced and thickened, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream, parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
  2. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. To serve, place some of the leek-mushroom mixture on each plate and top with scallops.
  • Note: Be sure to buy “dry” sea scallops (scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops that have been treated with STP (“wet” scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are not only mushy and less flavorful, but will not brown properly.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 211 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 67 mcg folate; 32 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 867 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 59 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 794 mg sodium; 655 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 1

January 31, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious Took a little longer than 30 minutes to prep. Leeks are new to our diet and we enjoyed them fixed this way.
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