Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is a Jane Lawson recipe from the June '07 issue of the Aussie magazine "delicious." which I have changed slightly. I had an old tried and true recipe for this dish but it's been thrown away - this is THE Coquilles St J recipe, for me, anyway. The sauce would also be good over lobster. Seems like a lot of work but it isn't.
- 16 large scallops
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 40 g unsalted butter (an ounce and a third)
- 3 shallots, finely sliced (long, thing green onions)
- 6 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped
- 3 teaspoons plain flour
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1⁄4 cup chicken stock
- 1⁄2 cup pure cream (thin)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 -3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley or 2 -3 tablespoons chervil, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup grated gruyere cheese (or swiss)
- 1⁄4 cup panko breadcrumbs or 1⁄4 cup coarse homemade breadcrumbs
- Trim scallops of any hard muscle or membrane, toss with enough olive oil to just coat.
- Heat a large, heavy-based fry pan over high heat. Season the scallops with a little sea salt then sear quickly on each side for 10 seconds, or until just colored. Remove from pan & place 4 into small serving dishes.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add half the butter to the pan. When melted cook shallot, mushrooms and garlic for 6 - 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Add remaining butter to pan, melt, then sprinkle over flour and stir until smooth. Whisk in the wine, cook for 1 minute.
- Whisk in the stock, then cream, until smooth.
- Add bay leaf and lemon juice, stirring until sauce boils and thickens.
- Add shallot and mushroom mixture, with the egg yolk, parsley (or chervil) and 2 tablespoons gruyere and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat, season with salt & white pepper.
- Preheat grill (broiler) to medium-high.
- remove bay leaf from sauce, then spoon sauce evenly over the scallops.
- Combine the crumbs with the remaining cheese and evenly divide over the top of the scallops and sauce.
- Grill for about 5 minutes or until golden on top and heated through.
This one needs more good reviews. I'm surprised that it is not at the top because it is a great traditional recipe. I used Vermouth instead of white wine, and added a couple of raw prawns to each ramekin. Also, I used more cream and no egg yolk. Turned out perfect! Oh, and by the way, bake rather than broil, and it won't burn the top.
This is a very tasty recipe. The only issue I had was with the final step. It says to grill 5 minutes, I put the dish under the broiler on low setting and checked it at 4 minutes and the top layer was burnt! The scallops also were not cooked through so I had to scrape off the burnt topping and bake the dish awhile longer. I think either they should be cooked longer in the skillet rather than just seared or the dish should be baked about 10-15 minutes and then maybe broiled for just 1-2 minutes at the end of cooking to brown.