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    Scallop, Shrimp and Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo


    I had a taste for seafood but really did not know what I was going to prepare. I visited my local fishmonger to see what was available. The usual fare was there, nothing seemed to tickle my fancy. I was about to consider something else to have and then she brought out some bay scallops and shrimp. They looked so fresh although I knew they were recently thawed and ready to be displayed. At first I thought to do the usual shrimp scampi but just couldn’t resist purchasing both.

    My mind started to envision how to put these two items together and what else to add to make an interesting combination. I walked around the produce department and saw some sun dried tomatoes they were snatched up quickly to add to my growing recipe. I considered what I had in my larder at home and knew that I had some heavy cream and garlic along with half a box of fettuccini.  My meal was set. You will find that this is a quick and simple dish to prepare.

    You will need :

    Bay Scallops – approximately ¼ lb/serving
    Shrimps – approximately ¼ lb/serving [16 21’s or smaller]
    Sun Dried Tomatoes – approximately ½ oz/serving – I used dry packed but olive oil packed should work as well.
    Fresh Garlic – to taste
    Tomato Paste – approximately 1 tsp/serving
    Hot Pepper Flakes – to taste
    Heavy Cream – approximately ¼ cup/serving [add more if you like a soupier sauce]
    Romano Cheese – grated – approximately 2 TBS/serving

    In a stock pot large enough to hold the pasta bring water to a rapid boil. Add pasta and prepare to just al denté. Peel and de-vein the shrimp, combine with scallops lightly salt and pepper. In a sauté pan large enough to hold all the ingredients add a good quality olive oil and heat to a simmer. Finely dice garlic add to sauté pan along with tomato paste and pepper flakes.  Once the garlic is translucent add shrimp and scallops. Cook seafood until shrimp starts to become opaque tossing occasionally to distribute evenly. Add heavy cream and Romano cheese to the shrimp/scallop mixture cook until the cream starts to thicken. Add pasta to the sauté pan and stir into the seafood sauce. Serve immediately.

    Scallop Appetizer

    Pan seared diver scallop with pancetta crisp and sweet corn coulis.

    You will need:
    Fresh sweet corn or if not available frozen sweet corn.
    Heavy cream.
    Walla Walla or other sweet onion finely diced.
    Oil oil.
    Unsalted butter.
    Kosher salt/fresh ground pepper.
    One diver scallop per person.
    Thinly sliced pancetta (one per scallop) NB: Pancetta is sold in roll form do not unroll simply have your purveyor slice thinly.

    Put a little olive oil and butter in a sauté pan, heat until butter melts. Sauté onion until translucent add sweet corn and cook until corn just starts to caramelize. Add small amounts of heavy cream until corn starts to thicken. Process mixture in a food processor until smooth and creamy, set aside and keep warm.
    Cook pancetta slices until crisp. Be careful it tends to burn easily. Set aside.
    Put a little olive oil and butter in a sauté pan large enough to hold all the scallops. Heat until butter melts. Dry off the scallops, season with salt and pepper, put scallops in hot pan. Sauté scallops until done. This step depends on the size of your scallops. You should get a good sear on one side (make sure you get some color here) flip scallop to finish. Press down in the center of the scallop when you get a little resistance the scallop is done.
    To plate pour some of the sweet corn coulis on an appetizer plate, if you have scallop shells use those. Place one scallop in the middle of the coulis and top with a pancetta disk. Garnish with a sprig of parsley.

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