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Tonight for dinner we had Scallops and Pasta.
Paul LOVES scallops. He's not able to eat them very often, but I'm sure if asked, he'd say they are one of his favorite foods. Me, eh, I'm not the biggest fan--but anything for my boo. I do like pasta, though. Yummm pasta...So this dinner worked well for the both of us--and it was really quite simple.
The first thing you need to do is put a pot on to boil the pasta. Don't forget to salt the water. I cannot stress this enough, folks! You need to salt you pasta water! And I'm not just talking a pinch, I'm saying add a good tablespoon. A good fistful. A good amount of salt!
Adding salt raises the boiling temperature of the water. It doesn't make the water boil faster, like most people believe, but it does make the pasta cook faster because it allows the water to get hotter than 212˚ (boiling point). I learned this from Google as well. The reason I stress salting the water though is not to make the pasta cook faster, it's to season your pasta. This is the only way to actually season pasta because the salt won't really stick once the pasta is cooked...so why not just cook it in salt? Salt, yummmmm.
So. First: boil your water.
While your water is boiling, chop up 1 tomato, a couple sprigs of parsley, 2 garlic cloves, and slice a lemon in half.
Also, measure out 1 cup of white wine (or chicken stock, or beer) and 1 tablespoon of butter.
Set all that stuff aside--once your pasta is done cooking, drain it and set it aside as well.
Now, for the scallops:
The most important thing about pan-searing scallops is to make sure they're dry. So when you get them out of their package, put then on a plate with paper towel. Then flip them over, to dry the other side. Then, move them to a brand new dry paper towel. Then pat the top again. As they sit, their juices come to the surface, so make sure you pat them right before you put them in the pan. Oh, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Please excuse my nails. I had to remove my nail polish in a rush this morning before school. Grossss.
For the most perfect, golden brown, crunchy sear that you really want on these bad boys--make sure your pan is piping hot. Hot hot. Not burning hot, but hot. To test if its hot enough, get your finger wet and splash just a drop of water on it. If it sizzles, it's hot enough.
Drizzle a dab of oil in a hot hot large skillet, about a half dollar size. I used olive oil because it was handy, but you can use vegetable oil if you desire. I don't recommend butter because it burns faster than oil. You don't want to burn these suckers. Swirl the oil in the pan so it coats it.
Lay the dry scallops in the pan with plenty of space in between them. You want them to have enough room to get a good sear. Here's a secret when you put them in: DON'T MOVE THEM!
Leave them be. Let the scallops rest. Let them get nice and toasty brown. Let them get a delicious crust. Let them sit in peace for 2 whole minutes.
After 2 minutes, flip them over. Let them cook again for another minute and a half--again, DON'T move them! Drizzle a little more oil in the pan and swirl it around after you flip them.
After a minute and a half, remove the scallops from the pan and transfer to a new paper towel.
(Note, these cooking times are for large sea scallops, cooking times are different for smaller sea scallops.)
Next, reduce the heat in the pan to low and add a tablespoon of butter (unless you have a lot of oil remaining in the pan from the scallops.) Add the chopped garlic. 10 seconds later, add the diced tomato. After about a minute, turn the heat back to high and add the wine (or chicken stock, or beer).
When you add the wine, the pan should steam a whole lot and all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan will be released. Use your spoon to scrape up these brown bits as you stir around the wine. Add the chopped parsley.
About a minute later, add the cooked pasta to the pot and mix it well. Sprinkle with fresh squeeze lemon juice (half a lemon).
Serve in a bowl with the scallops. Garnish with parsley sprigs.
Yumyumyum. My first scallops experience was a success and it only took about 20 minutes. Paul LOVED it too, an added bonus!
The easy to follow recipe:
Scallops & Pasta from Steamykitchen
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