Poor husband. His business travels always result his his missing the dinners planned by his foodie teen daughter and executed by his food blogger wife. Following up on the homemade pizza dinner, the young lady requested a dinner featuring scallops and fresh pasta. Naturally, our culinarily conservative son stuck with a burger that night–though he did have a grand time with the pizza.
Here’s what we came up with: Lidia Bastianitch’s Lemon Alfredo, and sauteed dry scallops. I recently learned from another Lydia–the fishmonger at John Yi Seafood in Reading Terminal Market that dry scallops are better for a sauteed or grilled dish because they brown well. Wet scallops, which are a few dollars cheaper, are better in stews, curries, soups and other sauce-based dishes because they don’t brown. It has to do with the way the different types hold and release water–I didn’t get all the technicalities, but as you can see from the picture, the dry ones do brown.
I started by allowing the scallops to reach room temp, then salting and peppering them.
Next, I placed them in a buttered skillet, browned them, gave them a spritz of lemon juice and a splash of white wine. I turned them frequently, and cooked them for a total of about 8 minutes.
While the scallops seared, and the pasta water came to a boil, I prepared the sauce to Lidia’s specifications, starting with the grated lemon zest and butter in the skillet. It took all of about 6 minutes.
The arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette was the perfect accompaniment, keeping the lemon flavor motive infused through all items on the plate. I tossed the leaves with a squeeze of lemon, a generous sprinkling of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.
The returning husband did get to enjoy the leftover pasta 3 days later…..