Celebrate with Simple Scallops

This New Year’s Eve might look a bit different, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating at home with a simple but decadent meal anyone can cook.

Ever wonder why so many New Year’s celebrations feature fresh fish, oysters and scallops? Certain foods around the world symbolize good luck and fortune for the New Year – and fish is served to celebrate new beginnings and bring abundance.  In Asian cultures, people feast on whole fishes around the Lunar New Year, and in Scandinavian countries, herring was considered a bringer of good fortune because of its silver scales.

This year, welcome abundance into your home and serve up this simple scallop and citrus vinaigrette to impress your family without stressing over the stove.

Pan Seared Scallops

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. Sea Scallops
  • 2 tsp. Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Preparation

  1. Pat scallops dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat medium saucepan over medium heat or until hot drizzle olive oil, add butter and place scallops in pan.
  2. Do not over crowd or let the scallops touch. Let scallops sear in pan about 1-2 minutes or until brown crust forms.
  3. Add garlic and shallot. Turn once and sear other side for another minute. Remove from pan and set aside to plate.
  4. Begin on the Citrus vinaigrette: Add Olive Oil, Orange Juice, white wine vinegar, Honey, Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Plate Up: Garnish scallops with fresh chopped parsley and a drizzle of citrus vinaigrette

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