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Author Notes: This is a beautiful dish that is packed with a lot of flavor yet very delicate in its approach. The hardest and most time consuming part is the sauce but it is delicious and very versatile. —REMCooks
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh minneola tangelo juice
- 2 teaspoons minneola tangelo zest
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade cut
- 1/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 5 tablespoons butter, unsalted cut into small pieces
- 12 jumbo sea scallops
- 1 pound Capelli d’angelo (angel hair pasta)
- 1 pound asparagus, cut into bite size pieces
- salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
- Simmer the tangelo juice and wine in a heavy small saucepan over moderate heat for about 25 minutes or until it is reduced to 1/2 cup.
- Add the cream to the tangelo juice reduction and return the mixture to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the butter to the tangelo juice reduction a few pieces at a time, while constantly whisking to blend and form an emulsification.
- Once all the butter is incorporated, season the sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add zest and set the sauce in a warm spot until ready to serve.
- While the tangelo juice is reducing, heat a heavy bottom sauté pan and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. When the oil is heated, not smoking, add the asparagus and cook until just cooked, roughly 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- While the asparagus is cooking and the juice is reducing, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Just when you are ready to cook the scallops, add the Capelli d’angelo to the boiling water. Capelli d’angelo only takes about 5 – 6 minutes to cook so it will be ready at the same time as the scallops. Things are going to start rocking and rolling now.
- Place a heavy skillet over a high heat for 2 – 3 minutes. Season the scallops with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoon of oil into the hot pan and add the scallops.
- Sear the scallops about 3 minutes on each side or until they are just opaque in the center and golden brown on both sides. When done, transfer the scallops to a platter.
- Remove the Capelli d’angelo from the water and place in a large bowl. Add the asparagus and toss. The hot pasta will reheat the asparagus. Place some Capelli d’angelo and asparagus in a serving bowl. Top with 4 scallops per bowl. Pour sauce over the top of the scallops.
- Finish with fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes over the top
- NOTES: There is more than enough sauce for this dish so you will have some left over. You can use it with shrimp, sole, chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc. It is very versatile so don’t throw the leftover away. Also, if you don’t have Minneola Tangelos, this recipe works with oranges very well. When reheating, allow to sit to reach room temperature and gently warm over low heat to keep the butter from separating.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Shellfish
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