Scallop Mango Ceviche
Bring 1/2 inch water to a gentle simmer in a large skillet over medium heat. Add scallops and cook until firm and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the scallops to a medium nonreactive bowl (see Tip) with a slotted spoon. (Discard the poaching liquid.)Advertisement
Add half the mango to the bowl with the scallops. Puree the remaining mango with lime juice and salt in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the puree over the scallops. Add chile peppers and onion; gently toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate the ceviche for 1 hour, gently stirring halfway through. Serve chilled.
Ingredient note: Be sure to buy “dry” sea scallops. “Wet” scallops, which have been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STP), are not only mushy and less flavorful, but will not brown properly.
Kitchen tip: A nonreactive dish, pan or bowl--stainless steel, enamel-coated or glass--is necessary when marinating foods in acidic ingredients, such as lime, lemon or vinegar. The acid in the marinade can react with “reactive” dishes or pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, and impart an off color and/or off flavor in the prepared foods.
1 1/2 fruit, 3 lean meat