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Coquilles St. Jacques (Baked Scallop Gratin)

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French classic and delicious to cook up for your next romantic meal or just to have some fun as an appetizer.

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Servings: 6 as a first course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes

1 pound of scallops (453 g) , cut into quarters
5 tbsp (75 g) butter
1 shallot, minced
1 leek, white parts only sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 tbsp (30 g) butter
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 ½ (350 ml) cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
½ (2.5 g) tsp fresh thyme
½ (2.5 g) tsp salt
2 tbsp flour (15 g)
1 cup (240 ml) of heavy cream
1 cup (150 g) bread crumbs
½ cup (45 g) grated gruyere cheese
2 tbsp (11 g) freshly chopped parsley

1. Melt 2 tbsp (30 g) of butter in a pan. Add shallots and leeks and cook until soft. Add mushrooms. Cook until they release their juices. Set aside

2. In a large sauté pan, add wine, bay leaf, thyme, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add scallops. Cook for 4-5 minutes until scallops are slightly firm (do not over cook). Drain all liquid expect about 1 cup (240 ml). Set aside.

3. Melt remaining 3 tbsp (45 g) of butter, add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the scallop liquid and cream. Cook until reduced slightly, and mixture has thickened.

4. Add vegetable and scallops back into the pan, stir until combined. Then portion out into scallop shells, or ramekins. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, and cheese. Bake at 400ºF (200ºC) until bread crumbs crisp and cheese melts.

Coquilles St. Jacques (Baked Scallop Gratin)
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