Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Buttered Linguine with Seared Scallops, White Wine, Chili & Parsely


Could there be anything better than a fresh, big, succulent sea scallop? I personally, don't think so. While they are quite expensive where I live, you can make do if you are on a budget by only buying a few and cutting them in half.

This recipe takes only a couple of minutes once you have all your ingredients ready to go. Get everything laid out before you start. You will want to eat this as soon as it is ready - I would have eaten it directly out of the pot if no one had been looking.

Thanks again to my food boyfriend Jamie Oliver for his brilliance.

Ingredients & Preparation: (from The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver)
Serves 4
  • 12 scallops, trimmed (now I assume he means Bay scallops, but I used Sea scallops so you really don't need 12 if that's the type you are using or he is Jamie Oliver and can afford 12 big sea scallops)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized fresh red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup of white wine
  • 1 lb of fresh pasta (Jamie suggests taglierini in the original recipe - I used linguine)
  • 1 good handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

On a board, place each scallop on its flat side and slice it across in half. Put the olive oil in a hot pan and add the scallops, garlic and chili, which will sizzle and sear right away. As soon as the scallops have coloured on one side, pour in the wine, letting it reduce slightly.

Meanwhile, cook your pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Add the pasta to the scallops with the parsley and butter and remove from the heat. Toss and taste for seasoning. Serve.

This is an excellent meal - you must try it!


4 comments:

Joelen said...

How good does that look?! Great pictures and a nice way to prepare scallops! Since you used white wine for this dish, you can even submit it to the white wine recipes blogging event I'm hosting! Details are in my left side bar and the deadline is this Saturday :)

Christina C. said...

Oh yum! I welcome the return to pasta -- the lentils don't cut it for me!

Yogic Logic said...

I've made this three times in the last week. Delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hii!! This is a great recipe! I would like to recommend to add some fresh lemon juice after it's done. Thank you so much for sharing it :)