Jeni Britton Bauer uses lemon sorbet in this creamy butter sauce; the slight sweetness is especially lovely with seared scallops.
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1/4 cup lemon sorbet, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
18 large sea scallops
Snipped chives, for garnish
How to Make It
In a small skillet, combine the sorbet with the vinegar and shallots and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 21/2 tablespoons, about 7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and swirl in the butter 1 piece at a time, briefly returning the skillet to the heat once or twice as necessary. Season the sauce with salt and keep warm over very low heat.
In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Working in batches if necessary, season the scallops with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until nearly white throughout, about 5 minutes. Transfer the scallops to plates, drizzle with the beurre blanc and garnish with snipped chives.
Zesty Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
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Review Body: I made this for 2 of us and it is fantastic. The sauce, of course, is what makes it. I made the whole amount of sorbet, vinegar & shallots and only 4 tablespoons of butter - perfect. Definitely does not need more butter. Also, a little goes a long way!! Scallops need to be dry and seared at a very high temperature to get the nice browning - perfecto! I bought 8 scallops for the 2 of us.