Sea Scallops with Brown Butter and Risotto

img_20190112_212505_264Creamy Parmesan and Gouda Risotto with Sea Scallops, Crispy Coppa and Brown Butter… Perfect Every Thyme!

These beautiful sea scallops were around $15.95 a pound and they were briny, beautiful and oh so fresh. Paired with creamy risotto and a side of ribeye this was a non traditional variation of a surf and turf style meal and we LOVED IT!  ♡

Recipe:

Pat dry your sea scallops and sprinkle with pink sea salt or your favorite salt. I like himaylan pink salt because it has a slightly nutty flavor, lots of minerals and and of course I love the color! Set scallops aside.

Take one stick of salted butter and bring quickly to a high heat until it starts to bubble and turn a golden brown color. Be sure you are watching this it’s easy to turn your back and overdo! Once its nice and foamy I lower the heat to the lowest setting and occasionally stir

Next- you can use bacon, pancetta or prosciutto or skip this part if your not into meat. This dish is lovely as a pescatarian entree too! I use Coppa which is a dry smoked iItalian and has a salty fatty flavor that goes wonderfully with the sea scallops. Take a few pieces and fry until crispy and then set aside.

Now we make the risotto!

Ingredients:

1 small onion

3 garlic cloves

1 cup of your favorite white wine- I like a chardonnay or pinot

Half stick of butter plus 2 tablespoons olivie oil

Unlimited supply of chicken or vegetable stock. (Lol) I probably use about 10 cups in total but its good to have more stock available should you need it

1/2 cup gouda

1/2 grated parmesan- please use a really nice parmesan with rind, it does make a difference!

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Micro dice and sautee onion and garlic in butter and olive oil on medium high heat. Once translucent add white wine and let evaporate

Elevate heat to medium high and add three cups risotto and a cup of stock – Now its time for the real work! Stir the risotto until the stock is absorbed into the grains and then add another cup, repeat again and again and again a little stock at a time for about 25 minutes. Stirring and adding stock a little at a time until it’s really creamy. After about 25 minutes it should have just a little bite and you can add the salt and pepper and the cheeses. Fold cheeses into risotto and then put the lid on and set aside. I put the lid on at this stage because it locks in moisture and infuses the grains with the cheese flavor. Yum!

Heat a non stick pan or cast iron pan with a little olive oil AND butter, scallops need a little fat to create that golden crust that we all love- add sea scallops to hot pan, a few at a time, careful not to crowd the pan. They take about 5 to 6 minutes and I let mine sit on the first side a bit longer so I get that golden crust and then I flip. Once they are firm but still bouncy to the touch pull out of pan and set aside and sprinkle with fresh thyme.

To serve:

Spoon risotto on to a dish and crumble some of the crispy coppa, add a few of the scallops and then drizzle with brown butter. Garnish a little more thyme.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Brazilian Garlic Butter Steak

Brazilian Garlic Steak

 

Mmmmmmmmmm. This recipe “slays all day” lol.  But then anything covered in garlic and real butter would achieve that status. The original recipe called for a flank steak, skirt or flap steak- But you know I am a Ribeye kind of gal, so of course that’s the direction we went.

I sea salted a few really pretty and fatty Ribeye steaks and then pan seared them in butter on really high heat for about 4 minutes each side, and then let rest.  We chopped up about 20 cloves of garlic and sautéed them in real butter until lightly golden and hit the sauce with a pinch of salt and a nice handful of chopped parsley.

After rest, we sliced up the Ribeye and drizzled it with the garlic butter sauce and served it along side a baked Brazilian rice dish, tomato salad and Pao de Queijo which is a gluten free Brazilian cheese bread. Mouth watering yet?

Finally we finished the evening with homemade Brazilian Sonhos {Dreams} which are beautiful little round yeast donuts- fried and then filled with a silky lemon cream and dusted with confectioners sugar.

Perfection. 🙂

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken…..

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This dish was amazing!!! Loved every single bite!  I was looking to make something a little different and ran across this recipe on #pinterest. We tweaked a few things and ended up with this savory salt touched chicken breast with blistered tomatoes and a side of roasted red pepper pesto fettuccine… so freaking good!!!

S&P your boneless chicken breasts – I purchased a pack of three breasts and split them each in half. Wrapped each piece with two pieces of prosciutto and tossed in several jeweled and campari tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sea salt and then roasted on 450 for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile I sliced up some thick soft and crusty Italian bread and slathered them with garlic butter and lightly grilled each side in a pan.

Remove chicken and tomatoes from oven and smear creamy burrata cheese on each slice of bread then top with prosciutto wrapped chicken and bake for about 5 more minutes. (Melt the cheese!)

Arrange on a platter or wooden board with blistered tomatoes and fresh basil chiffonade and you have a BEAUTIFUL and unique chicken entree that is incredibly delicious and doest take a ton of time to prepare.

Happy Holidays! 🙂

Ciao-ppino!~

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Fresh white fish, shrimp, clams and mussels in a slow simmered tomato broth with garlic, bell pepper, shallot, parsley, cilantro, chardonnay, real butter AND SPANISH CHORIZO of course! Served with crispy sea salted tostones and white rice { not me, I just want an entire bowl full of this awesomeness}

I love the briny oceany salty flavor and there is nothing quite like tostones drenched in a seafood and tomato broth. The smoky chorizo adds an infusion of paprika and red chile that takes this to a whole other level. Its fresh, its clean and full of such thoughtfully layered flavor…. takes me to the islands every time.

 

Vegetarian Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna

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At the moment, the fam and I are exploring a few vegetarian dishes and mixing things up a bit. My older son is considering becoming vegetarian/ pescatarian so we are trying to be supportive and make sure he has plenty to eat!  That being said, I am sitting at my desk considering a ribeye with gorgonzola habanero compound butter. {Shhhhh!! It will be our little secret…lol}  In any case this is day four and honestly we all feel such a renewed sense of energy and clarity its no wonder many folks make the switch. Obviously there are many reasons why we make decisions on what or how we eat and this has been a refreshing change of pace.

This layered lasagna is made with gluten free pasta, roasted garlic and basil marinara, tons of spinach mixed with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan and we topped it off with some of our leftover garlic alfredo sauce just before baking. Its incredible and I will happily eat all of the rest of it. 🙂

Ps- Weird Fact:

I always add hot sauce just before eating!!!

 

Hot Tamale! Hot Tamale!

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I totally love tamales. Like yes please, all day all night, anytime any day. 🙂 When I was younger my mom (who is a lover of all things spicy and a mexican food aficionado) introduced me to these little delightful bundles of pure bliss and I just cant seem to get enough ever since.

These little babys were a new spin on a traditional favorite and were absolutely amazing. We roasted a few sweet potatoes and smashed them into the masa.  We then stuffed the tamales with roast pork, poblano peppers and jack cheese.  Drizzled with espresso and dark chocolate mole and white crumbling cheese. Mouth watering perfection.

May I have another???? 😋

~Holy Pazole!~

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The cure for everything, is right here in this pretty little bowl. This traditional Mexican sopa is filled to the brim with heart healthy ingredients and antioxidants as well as feel good spices and all over comfort. Chicken is simmered in tomato, broth, white wine, herbs and garlic and then laden with chile, hominy and cilantro. We serve ours with lots of toppings like radish, pico de gallo and creama. A handful of corn tortillas and fresh squeezed lime and its time to dive in.

Welcome home, glad you made it! Lol