Friday, March 25, 2011

French Fridays With Dorie--- Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce

Our gourmet dinner…fabulous!
Well, it's friday again! Since I've been cooking with this group, I've notice how quickly fridays roll around. Because it's lent, and because we eat a lot of fish durning lent, this was a great pick! My husband has also started South Beach diet recently. This recipe fits our healthy, low fat needs. I was astonished at the cost of sea scallops. I paid $15 dollars a pound. Actually, my husband paid $15 dollars a pound.  I sent him to the grocery store today because, we were having work done on our kitchen and he was getting cabin fever. He called me from the store to let me know the scallops were quite pricey! After he told me they were the most expensive item at the fish counter, he asked me "Do you still want them".  Of course I did!! Where can you get a lovely gourmet dinner for under 10 dollars a person. I decided to serve them with the beautiful fresh asparagus, I had picked up the day before, and the Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley.
I was very organized with this recipe. I knew the scallops would cook quickly, so I started the rice first. It takes 25 minutes to cook. I then washed and trimmed the asparagus, and put them in a pan ready to go. Now, time to work on the sauce. I sprinkled the sugar into the pan and set it on the heat. I watched it carefully because once it started to brown, it moved quickly. I had my juice and wine ready to pour. I remembered what Dorie had said about it bubbling up, so I carefully poured the wine and orange juice into the syrup. I then stepped back! I found that the sugar got really hard and then as it boiled it all melted into the mixture. After it reduced, I moved the pan from the stove and started my scallops. Even though I patted them dry, when I put them into the hot olive oil, they sweat quite a bit. I had to pour off some of the liquid. They never got that deep golden brown color that I was looking for. I love seafood, especially scallops!  I was really looking forward to this dish. It did not disappoint! It came out great! The sauce was amazing! Another great recipe from Dorie, added to our keeper list!
This recipe can be found in the new Dorie Greenspan book "Around My French Table". You can also find it HERE!


Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley….love it!

wine and oranges for sauce

Juicing my oranges

Sugar in pot 

Starting to melt

Golden brown and just about ready to add the wine and juice.

The sauce, after the wine and juice was stirred in.

My very beautiful, expensive scallops!

After the scallops were added to the pan…they did a lot of sweating.

Bon Appétit!!

20 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this dish! Your scallops turned out great! Mine didn't get that deep even golden brown color either, but they were so good, I didn't mind!

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  2. Lovely post. Dinner looks terrific! I love the lighting on the raw scallops shot...makes them look worth every penny hubby paid for them. I lucked out and got mine on sale for $11.99/lb...still thought that was pretty expensive. Glad you enjoyed this elegant dish.

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  3. Hi Kathy, you know how much John loves seafood and I don't??? Well this looks so good I'm going to give it a try and surprise him. You food pictures are fabulous, I could almost smell the sauce cooking.

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  4. I got my scallops nice and brown, but I completely messed up my sauce. I would take the good sauce any day of the week! After I drained the extra liquid out of the scallop pan, I added more oil. Worked like a charm.

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  5. Gorgeous photos! I loved these, too...the sauce was heavenly~

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  6. How beautiful, Kathy! I've had company from out of town, so will be making mine tonight with asparagus & rice, too! Great minds think alike! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. What a beautiful meal! Great job. I loved making this recipe too.

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  8. Your rice looks fantastic! My husband and I definitely rationalize spending a little bit more for some fish/lamb/beef and cooking it at home vs. eating out. The markup on wine alone pays for these wonderful meals! We also enjoyed the scallops very much.

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  9. That rice looks so good... I guess we lucked out with 10$ lb scallops. But this was certainly an elegant fine dining meal without all the mark up!

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  10. Your scallops are gorgeous Kathy! I think your sauce looks perfect and the asparagus look crispy! Wonderful!!

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  11. Great photos of a delicious meal. I haven't seen that brown rice medley but will look for it. It looks like a great side.

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  12. Wonderful! I'm glad this turned out well for you! I'll have to try the brown rice medley from trader joe's.

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  13. Wow - your photos are especially stunning this week ! Love that you got the rice medley at TJ's- it has been a while since I stopped in and I am dying to get back for some goodies. I was also chuckling about your hubby calling from the store. Normally we don't pay that much for items but I know my own hubby will just blindly buy any item that I have asked him to pick up for a Dorie recipe regardless of price...so I have to plead with him to double check the price and buy half if expensive :)

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  14. Your photos are great! Nice job on this dish. I'm impressed that you got so many pics of the caramel. It all happened to fast for me that I was lucky to get one.

    To get your scallops nicely browned -- and avoid the sweating -- next time, don't add them all to the pan at once. This reduces the heat of the oil quickly, so they won't brown. And overcrowding actually leads to steaming the food rather than sauteeing it.

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  15. Thanks everyone for your very nice comments! gaaarp, Thanks for your advice…it will come in handy when I make these again!

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  16. Your photos are so beautiful, Kathy and you scallops look absolutely perfect! I like your choice of the asparagus and rice as sides for this dish.

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  17. Great photos, Kathy. I really liked how easily this dish came together. And you're right, it's the accompaniments that take some time to prepare. We had asparagus with this, too - it was a good match.

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  18. Hi Kathy-I am so tempted to make these amazing scallops. Yours turned out so beautiful, and tempting. Thanks for the step-by-step directions.
    Lora has the Dorie book, I really want to browse through it for other great recipes, as well!
    Have a wonderful Sunday:-D

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  19. These are all about that lovely color! Great job!

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  20. What a fabulous dinner you put together! Great work!!

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