Vermouth Glazed Scallops With Julienned Vegetables
|Leek||1 Medium, cleaned|
|Carrot||1 Medium, peeled|
|Flour||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (For Dredging)|
|Sea scallops||3⁄4 Pound, rinsed and patted very dry|
|Olive oil||2 Tablespoon, divided|
|Garlic clove||1 Large, minced|
|Fresh spinach leaves||1 Cup (16 tbs), large stems removed and cut into 1/2 inch strips, tightly packed|
|Dry vermouth/Dry white wine||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Chicken broth/Vegetable broth||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Fresh lime juice||1 Teaspoon|
|Heavy cream||2 Tablespoon|
|Freshly ground black pepper||To Taste|
|Hominy/Polenta hearts||1 Cup (16 tbs) (1 Recipe, Adjust Quantity As Needed)|
To Prepare Vegetables: Cut leek, carrot, and zucchini in 2-inch lengths and then into matchstick strips by hand or with julienne blade of food processor.
To Cook Scallops: Place flour in a shallow dish, add scallops, toss to coat, and pat off excess.
In a large skillet (preferably nonstick) over high heat, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil until very hot and almost smoking.
Test heat by adding 1 scallop; the oil should bubble furiously and the bottom brown in 1 minute.
Saute scallops until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. (If pan is not hot enough, juices will come out of scallops before they brown.
Remove them from heat anyway.) Place on plate and set aside.
To Cook Vegetables: In same skillet over moderate heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil.
Add leeks and carrots and saute, stirring, for 1 minute, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.
Add zucchini and garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, or until vegetables are almost tender.
If too dry, add additional oil as needed.
Add spinach and cook just until wilted.
Remove vegetables to scallops. (Scallops and vegetables may be refrigerated, covered, up to 8 hours.) To Make Sauce: Before serving stir vermouth or wine, broth, and lime juice into skillet.
Cook over moderate heat until reduced to about half, 4 to 6 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir cornstarch into cream and whisk into sauce.
Return to heat and cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil.
Increase heat to high and cook for 1 minute.
Add scallops and vegetables and cook, stirring, until heated through and sauce thickens, 1 to 3 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
With a spatula, place a warm Hominy or Polenta Heart on each plate and spoon scallops and vegetables into the center.