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Scallops with Melted Leeks and Pecans

March 2007
Scallops with Melted Leeks and Pecans

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Leeks are the gentle giants of the onion family. They look forbidding but are easy to handle, and their sweet, mild flavor works wonders in savory dishes like this scallop dish.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 leeks, white parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound large sea scallops (white ligament discarded), rinsed and halved horizontally
  • Pepper
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, toast the pecans over medium heat until fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks, season with 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vermouth and cook until reduced by two-thirds. Stir in the cream and mustard and cook, stirring, until heated through. Lay the scallops in the pan and cook for 1 minute, then flip over and cook until they just turn white, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Season with pepper and sprinkle with the toasted pecans.
Tip
  • Cut off the root end and the tough green top.
  • Halve the white part lengthwise
  • Soak the stalks in cold water for 10 minutes, then rinse to remove the grit.
Tip Veg out
  • Swap boiled potato slices for the scallops.