Coquilles St.-Jacques with Braised Endive

Cindy Thomas, January 13, 2016

IMG_6687Don’t let the sophisticated name of this dish fool you!  As Mimi Thorisson says, it’s an example of “minimum input, maximum reward”.  Coquilles St.-Jacques is simply scallops seasoned and pan-seared in a generous amounts of butter.  The scallop preparation was something I was familiar with.  What was new to me is cooking endive, which is in the lettuce family.  I love endive in salads, but had never tasted it cooked.  The combination of the scallops with the endive prepared this way is heavenly.

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I started with some lovely large scallops from Costco and seasoned them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Then all that glorious butter is added to the pan.  You know it’s going to be good!

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The scallops are added to the pan at medium high heat…and that’s when the magic happens!  I love getting a good sear on my scallops.  These cook fast, so I made sure all the other parts of the meal were ready before I put these in the pan.

As for the other part of this dish, let’s talk endive!  Here you can see how pretty they are before cooking them.

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They looked pretty when I put them in the pan, but quickly lost their color as they cooked.

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They were sautéed in lots of butter over medium heat and then reduced to low heat and covered to cook for an additional 15 minutes.  After the endive finished cooking, I was a little disappointed in their appearance.  They became fairly transparent and nearly colorless.  Undaunted, I put them on the plate and nestled those seared scallops on top of them.  Guess what?  The endive were delicious and just a perfect, rich and sweet accompaniment to the scallops.  I was lucky to share this meal with my family on New Years day.  What a wonderful way to start 2016.  Cheers!

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This recipe can be found in Mimi Thorisson’s cookbook:  A Kitchen in France

If you’re interested in joining the Weekends in a French Kitchen group or just want to see how the other members of the group fared with this recipe check out this link:  WIFK

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