Scallops Over Asparagus

Someone spent some time with that presentation

Someone spent some time with that presentation

This is a very simple first course or light lunch that takes advantage of fresh grapefruit and asparagus.

And scallops and pancetta.

Scallops with Asparagus

  • 12 scallops
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 3 slices pancetta cut into thin strips
  • 1-2 large ruby red grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

Cut grapefruit into slices and remove the membranes. Juice enough for 1/4 cup liquid and reserve the remaining slices. Cook asparagus in boiling salted water until just tender, about 75 seconds. Drain and dunk in ice water to stop cooking. Mix juice and oil in a bowl and toss with cooked asparagus. On four plates divide the asparagus equally. Cook pancetta in a frying pan until crisp and then remove and drain on paper towels. Add butter to frying pan and melt over medium heat. Sear scallops on both sides until browned, but still raw in the center, about three minutes per side. Remove scallops from pan. Pour asparagus marinade into frying pan and turn heat to high. Deglaze pan and reduce sauce by half. Arrange three scallops on top of asparagus and place two slices grapefruit on each side. Pour pan sauce over fish and top with crispy pancetta.

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About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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10 Responses to Scallops Over Asparagus

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    The time spent arranging that plate makes it all worth while cause that’s gorgeous.

  2. Gerlinde says:

    I’m I real fan scallops and have to try this recipe when I get home.

  3. Gorgeous plating and a delicious way to lighten up… Wishing you a super 2015!

  4. cecilia says:

    prefect dinner for me on my present diet! alas no asparagus yet though.. but I love scallops.. c

  5. Cecile says:

    Looks yummy! And it’s a perfect dish for someone who, like me, lives alone. Happy New Year!

  6. Tammy says:

    That’s an amazing combo – lots of grapefruit here now!

  7. This looks so fresh and delicious. I love grapefruit and think that it is underused (by me anyway).

  8. Raymund says:

    Wow look at that delicious plate

  9. Caroline says:

    Mmmm I love scallops…and asparagus…and pancetta. Wait, and wine. Sounds delicious!

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