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Seared Scallops with Brandied Leeks & Mushrooms

November/December 2007

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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.


Seared Scallops with Brandied Leeks & Mushrooms Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

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

Preparation

  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, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
  2. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 211 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 32 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 17 g protein; 1 g fiber; 788 mg sodium; 655 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (22% daily value), Magnesium (21% dv), Vitamin A (20% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat


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