Friday, May 21, 2010

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Romesco Sauce

Our good friends, Mike and Romy, are coming to visit this weekend and they love my home cooked meals. We have a hike in Marin, a visit to Napa, our engagement party at Press Club and the Lost finale. Yes, the Lost finale. I can't believe that I am doing a post on this but this is Drew's favorite show so I have decided to cook a feast for Sunday's big night. I figured surf and turf would be the way to go considering we'll be staring at a bunch of people trapped on a tropical island.

For the 'surf' part, I am thinking that this new recipe from this month's Bon Appetit should do the trick. Best part is that it is easy and I won't miss the show!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Romesco Sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves packed in oil, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped drained piquillo peppers or roasted red peppers from jar
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 8 paper-thin slices prosciutto, each slice cut lengthwise into 3 long strips
  • 12 sea scallops, halved horizontally
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Fresh thyme leaves (for garnish)
  • Before cooking the scallops, be sure to remove the muscle, which can be tough when cooked. Find the muscle by looking for the white strip that runs up the side of the scallop. You can usually pull it off with your fingers, but you may need to use a paring knife to tease the muscle away from the rest of the scallop.

Romesco sauce

  • Combine wine, tomatoes, and garlic in small saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Transfer tomato mixture to processor. Add peppers, almonds, and oil and blend until coarse puree forms. Transfer to small bowl. Season to taste with coarse salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before using.


  • Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Wrap 1 prosciutto strip around center of each scallop half, pressing ends together to seal. Arrange scallops on prepared sheet. DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Preheat broiler. Brush scallops lightly with oil; sprinkle with pepper and lightly with coarse salt. Broil scallops until opaque in center and prosciutto is almost crisp, turning scallops over halfway through broiling, 1 to 2 minutes per side, depending on size of scallops. Arrange scallops on platter. Top each with small dollop of romesco sauce and a few thyme leaves.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blueberry Oat Scones

Mother's day is around the corner which means most women are going to hang up their aprons for a day and kick their feet up. Now, I'm not a mother but if I was I would start dropping some hints on how I'd like to spend my morning in bed munching on these delicious scones. Just a thought...

Blueberry Oat Scones
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (about 5 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 3/4 cups chilled half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 teaspoons raw sugar*
Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and coarse salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter. Using on/off turns, blend until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add 1 cup oats and blueberries; stir to blend evenly.

Stir half and half and vanilla in small bowl. Gradually add to flour mixture, tossing until dough just comes together (dough will be very moist).

Using 1/2-cup measuring cup for each scone, drop dough in mounds onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Sprinkle tops with remaining 3 tablespoons oats, then raw sugar.

Bake 15 minutes. Reverse sheets and continue baking until scones are golden and tester inserted into center from side comes out clean, about 12 minutes longer. Transfer scones to rack and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Pear-Cilantro Margarita

I managed to get a massive sunburn this weekend from hiking the coastal trail in Marin and running around the city in some serious sunshine. While I was out-and-about, I was not too surprised to notice that every patio, bar and restaurant was packed. What is it about nice weather that makes everyone want a cocktail? Next time the weather permits, try this fun spin on a marg.

Pear-Cilantro Margarita


  1. Ice
  2. 1 ounce reposado tequila
  3. 1 ounce pear nectar or juice
  4. 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  5. 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro, plus 1 small cilantro sprig for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients except the cilantro sprig and shake well. Pour into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with the cilantro sprig.