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Scallops, Griddle Cakes And Onion Confit

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Winter is a good time for a tasty Virginia seafood treat. Chef John Maxwell serves up Virginia scallops and potato cakes to warm your taste buds.
Ingredients
  Potatoes 1⁄2 Pound, cooked and mashed
  Ground sausage 1 Pound
  Sesame seeds 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Benne Seeds)
  Red onion 1 Pound, julienned
  Honey 2 Ounce
  Red wine vinegar 2 Ounce
  Dry red wine 2 Ounce
  Russet potato 1⁄2 Pound
  Potatoes 1⁄2 Pound, cooked, mashed
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Pound
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole egg 1 Medium
  Scallops 3⁄4 Pound (Atlantic Scallops)
  Benne seed 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Sesame Seeds)
  Canola oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
To make Potato and Sausage Griddlecakes:
1. Grate raw potatoes and mix with cooked mashed potatoes.
2. Add salt, pepper and flour to mixture.
3. Beat egg and add with just enough milk that will make a batter that will drop from a spoon.
4. Cook and crumble the sausage, drain and then fold into the potato mixture.
5. Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium high heat and drop by tablespoons onto it.
6. Cook over moderate heat for three to four minutes on each side.
To make Benne Crusted Scallops:
7. Season scallops with salt and pepper.
8. Place Benne seeds on a plate.
9. Pat down top and bottom side of each scallop in seeds.
10. Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium high with oil.
11. Add the coated scallops into the pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes until all sides are done.
To make Red Onion Confit:
12. In a bowl combine all ingredients except salt and pepper.
13. Cook over low heat until the mixture has the consistency of marmalade-about 30 minutes.
14. Add pepper to taste.

SERVING
15. Take 2 serving plates one big and one small.
16. In the small plate place a griddle cake and in the big plate place two.
17. Spoon the onion confit on the griddle cakes.
18. Top with the cooked scallops and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Virginia
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Equipment: 
Frying Pan
Dish: 
Pancake
Ingredient: 
Potato
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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