Scallops: Scallop Quenelles with Gingered Tomato Sauce

posted by luvcookin 02-15-101 10:38 PM

Scallop Quenelles with Gingered Tomato Sauce
Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

For the sauce:
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon grated peeled fresh gingerroot
a 14- to 16-ounce can tomatoes, drained, reserving the juice, and chopped fine

For the quenelles:
3/4 pound sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves for garnish

Make the sauce: In a skillet cook the onion in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until it is softened, add the gingerroot, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with the juice and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until it is thickened slightly. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and keep it warm.

Make the quenelles: Discard the tough bit of muscle clinging to the side of each scallop if necessary and in a food processor purée the scallops with the salt. With the motor running add the cream in a stream and blend the mixture until it is just smooth.

In a large deep skillet bring 1 1/2 inches of salted water to a simmer. Scoop out and form oval mounds of the mousse with 2 soup spoons dipped in cold water, dropping each mound as it is formed into the simmering water, and poach the quenelles at a bare simmer, turning them occasionally, for 6 minutes, or until they are springy to the touch. Transfer the quenelles with a slotted spoon to paper towels, let them drain briefly, and divide them between 2 heated plates. Spoon the sauce over and around the quenelles and garnish the quenelles with the parsley.

Serves 2.

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