Saturday, March 30, 2013

What's for Dinner Friday???

Normally I would post this on Wednesday, but this week we were hanging out at the Atlanta airport waiting on our baby girl to arrive home for Easter break.  So, dinner on Friday it is!

Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce & Roasted Green Beans-Best of Cooking Light 2013

Seared Scallops and Herb Butter Sauce

3/4 C uncooked orzo
2 TBS chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 TBS chopped fresh chives, divided
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 lbs large sea scallops
3/8 tsp kosher salt, divided
3/8 tsp black pepper, divided
Cooking Spray
1/3 C dry white wine
1 TBS chopped shallots
1 TBS white wine vinegar
3 TBS chilled butter, cubed
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1. Prepare orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.  Drain. Return to pan; stir in 1 TBS parsley, 1 TBS chives, olive oil, and 1/8 tsp salt.  Keep warm.
2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; coat with cooking spray.  Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned.  Remove from pan; keep warm.
3. Combine wine, shallots, and vinegar in a saucepan; bring to a boil.  Cook 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1 TBS.  Reduce heat to low.  Add butter cubes, 1 at a time, whisking after each addition until butter is fully incorporated.  Stir in 1 TBS parsley, 1 TBS chives, 1 tsp thyme, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper.  Serve scallops with sauce and orzo.

Roasted Green Beans

1/2 pound haricot verts, trimmed
1/2 pound wax beans, trimmed (we doubled the haricot verts since our store was out of wax beans)
1/2 C thinly sliced shallots
1 TBS olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 450*.  Combine all ingredients on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Roast at 450* for 10 minutes or until crisp-tender.

The scallops were delicious, melted like butter in your mouth!  And, the haricot verts along with the orzo made for a delightful side dish with a lot of flavor.

Hope you enjoy!!


Chic Coastal Living said...

Oh man! I'm hungry now! This looks delicious with a capital D!!!! Yummy!!!

Katie Clooney said...

One word... YUM! Not only are you a good cook, you take great photos. Have a wonderful Easter with your family, Lauren.

Shannon Nembach said...

This looks delicious! Happy Easter!

Susannah said...

Oh wow, that looks fabulous! Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the family time. :-)

Meg {henninglove} said...

yum lauren this dish looks absolutely delicious! thanks for sharing i love scallops. hope you are having a great easter

Jennifer Diane said...

Sounds (and looks) really delicious...thanks for sharing. I'll be trying this recipe out this week. :-)

Maillardville Manor said...

Oh My Goodness this looks amazing. . . we love Scallops!!!!
Thanks for the recipe Lauren!!!
Lots of Love

Val said...

This is a perfect meal.

Leslie said...

Scallops, orzo.. Yummy! This looks like the perfect welcome home meal. How exciting to visit with your daughter. I know how it is.. I just drop everything when I know my kids will be home:)