Pan-Seared Scallops with Pesto and Tomato

February 2006
Pan-Seared Scallops with Pesto and Tomato

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The leftover pesto can be refrigerated for another use; it's great on bread or tossed with pasta.

Makes: 2 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 5 mins

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, plus 2 tablespoons finely shredded basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 plum tomato, finely diced
  • 4 large scallops
  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the basil leaves until finely chopped. Add the pine nuts, cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Turn the machine back on and add 3/4 cup of the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Season the pesto with salt and pepper. Place the pesto in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomato and shredded basil and set aside. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add the scallops and sear until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the pesto on each scallop and arrange the tomato and basil around the scallops. Serve immediately.
  • McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Riesling 2004 (Australia)