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Scallops on Skewers with Carrot Sauce

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Scallops on Skewers with Carrot Sauce

Scallops take to the grill like a fish to water, and this exquisite sauce makes them irresistible. Thanks to

Serves 6

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped red onion
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
6 drops hot sauce
3 tablespoons finely chopped broccoli
1 tablespoon lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon) or to taste

For the skewers
24 Alsakan Weathervane scallops
24 small fresh basil leaves
24 carrot curls*
Organic extra virgin olive oil for coating skewers
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest (zest of 1/2 lemon)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon organic black pepper

  • To make the sauce: In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add oil and onion and cook 2 minutes. Stir in carrots. Add chicken broth, wine, salt, sugar, and hot sauce; simmer 30 minutes or until carrots are tender and liquid is reduced in half. Process sauce in blender or food processor until smooth. Return sauce to pan. Add broccoli; return to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice to taste.

  • While sauce is cooking, thread six 12-inch skewers with sea scallops, basil leaves, and carrot curls. (To keep the basil leaf from burning, press it against the scallop and wrap carrot curl around scallop.) Keep covered in refrigerator until ready to grill.

  • Coat skewers with oil. Combine lemon zest, salt, and pepper; sprinkle on skewers. Place skewers in centre of cooking grate. Grill 4 to 6 minutes or until scallops are opaque, turning once halfway through grilling time. Place some sauce on individual plates, place skewers on sauce. Pass remaining sauce for dipping.

*Note: To make carrot curls, peel and trim medium carrots. Use a vegetable peeler to make thin lengthways slices. Roll slices and place in ice cube trays. Cover with water and chill several hours or up to 2 days. If using wooden skewers, soak in water thirty minutes before using so ends won’t burn during grilling time.

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