Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Scallops with Wilted Spinach and Arugula

I don't cook scallops very often, but McHubby and I both enjoyed this dish. It was a delicious and easy to prepare dinner. It's a dish that you can easily throw together after work. The scallops cook quickly, and the spinach and arugula only need a few minutes to wilt. Fast and delicious dishes like this are a must in a busy person's repertoire. I paired this recipe with Pasta with Spring Herbs.

Scallops with Wilted Spinach and Arugula, Martha Stewart Living (March 2009)

16 large sea scallops (about 1 ¼ pounds), rinsed and dried, tough muscles removed
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons safflower oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced lengthwise
7 ounces baby spinach (about 10 cups)
7 ounces baby arugula (about 10 cups)
¼ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

Heat a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with 1 teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet. Arrange scallops in skillet, and cook on 1 side until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Flip, and cook until scallops are opaque, 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

Reduce heat to medium, and add
remaining tablespoon oil to skillet. Add garlic, and cook for 15 seconds. Add spinach, arugula, red-pepper flakes, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing greens often, until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter, top with scallops, and serve immediately.

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