Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Seared Scallops with Mushroom Coconut Sauce (serves 2-3)

With below freezing temperatures I was able to clean out my freezer. I find that winter is an ideal time for me to perform this task because I can put all of my frozen food in a bin (and of course a cover in case it snow, rain, hail or a mix of everything!) and leave it outside a day or more without having to worry about thawing or spoiling. During the cleaning I was able to discard some old food and find some good forgotten food. I was surprised that I still have a large bag of scallops left. When I come across such a find I know this cleaning ordeal is worth my effort. Here is a mushroom coconut sauce to go with my seared scallops. Eat this with pasta, noodles such as spaetzle, mashed potatoes or whatever your heart desires.

Seared Scallops with Mushroom Coconut Sauce (serves 2-3)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small white onion, chopped (or about 3 Tbsp)
3 garlic cloves, chopped (or about 1 Tbsp)
1 scallion, green parts only, chopped
12 oz white button mushrooms, sliced thinly
6 oz container of coconut milk
1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp Przyprawa W Plynie (Maggi liquid seasoning), optional*
16 oz Seared Sea Scallops

Method:

1) Heat a pan over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot add butter and oil.
2) Add onion, garlic and scallions. Saute for about a minute. May turn heat down slightly to avoid burning the garlic.
3) Add mushrooms and cook until everything is just wilted (about 5 minutes).
4) Add coconut milk and soy sauce. Saute for about another 2 minutes and turn heat to low. Add Przyprawa W Plynie.
5) Seasoned the scallops with a sprinkle of fine sea salt and ground white pepper. In a separate pan lightly fry each side of the scallop in a little oil over relatively high heat until golden brown (about 5-6 minutes total cooking time). Avoid overcooking.
6) Add the seared scallops back to the sauce. Serve with pasta, noodles, mashed potatoes or anything you prefer.

*Przyprawa W Plynie is Maggi liquid seasoning made by Nestle. It looks like soy sauce but it is not. I found this at a Polish store in Dorchester, Massachusetts. I bought it for experimentation because I have never seen it before. If you do not have this available you may omit it in this recipe.

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