- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds thin veal scallops
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 scallion, white and tender green parts, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Scotch whisky
- 3/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- In a small bowl, mix the garlic with the thyme, tarragon, paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Rub the mixture all over the veal.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Add half of the veal and cook over high heat until lightly browned and nearly cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large platter. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and veal. Lower the heat if the pan juices start to darken.
- Add the mushrooms and scallion to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until just softened and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Carefully add the whisky and ignite with a long match. Cook until the flames subside. Add the stock and cook until reduced by half, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and simmer just until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes longer; season with salt and pepper. Add the veal, turning to coat. Transfer to the platter and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.