Classic Coquille St. Jacques on Bacon Pastry

By MyCommunalTable
April 14, 2010
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Author Notes:

Classic Coquille St. Jacques is served a lot of different ways, but I been serving this version up on a warm puff pastry shell with bacon for years. It is the easy, but luxury in every mouthful. I made this for a date one night and when it came time to flame' the vermouth, he dove under the kitchen table. Yes, he hid. Not..."Wow, that's cool". Not... "Step aside, I will save you from the fire." Let's just say, we never went out again, but I have made the recipe over and over again, telling the story about that night everytime. - MyCommunalTable


Food52 Review: Mycommunaldinner's dish is perfect date-night fare -- assuming your date is not a fraidy cat! It is elegant in its final presentation, rich and delicious in taste, and dramatic in its creation. The sweet scallops and creamy sauce are a match made in heaven. The bacon and cheese puff pastry makes a perfect crispy, savory accompaniment. I wouldn't blame you if you made a few extra to snack on! - hardlikearmourhardlikearmour

Serves: 6-8

  • 1 package of puff pastry
  • 4 slices, bacon
  • 1/3 cup heaping gruyere cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 pound large sea scallops
  • 1 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Marinate the scallops in a 1/4 cup of the dry vermouth. Set scallops aside for about 20 minutes until puff pastry is done.
  2. Brown bacon until crisp. Crumble.
  3. Lay puff pastry square out. Cut into six squares. Approx. 4x4 inch. Top each square with crumbled bacon, some grated cheese, and some chopped scallions. Fold over to make a triangle and then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. Add the butter and oil together in a large skillet over medium-high tempurature. (Note: you will not get a nice brown to your scallop if you use a non-stick pan) Gently add the scallops, and leave them undisturbed until they loosen and become lightly browned on the underside. Turn the scallops and repeat. Imagine heating them through rather than cooking them. This will keep them from becoming rubbery. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  5. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds. Burned garlic will ruin the dish. Pull the pan away from the stove and add the vermouth. Return the pan to the stove and let it flame! Let the flame burn until nearly extinguished.
  6. Add the cream and cook until the volume in pan is reduced by one half. It usually gets a nice golden color as well.
  7. Stir in the cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and add the scallops to warm for a few seconds.
  8. Pour over the warm bacon pastries and garnish with chopped scallions.

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