Monday, February 22, 2010

Scallops with Parmesan Basil Sauce

Today, my professors announced that the midterms scores were up online...
My heart skipped several beats after hearing the words: midterm, score, online.
I knew that I made several careless mistakes and received something around average or below average...

To my surprise, I did pretty decent and way above the average, so that means it is time to celebrate!

I saw that scallops were on sale for 6.99/lb at Ralphs and acquired 3 big round disks of deliciousness after getting into a long conversation with a woman waiting in the seafood department asking me if I knew how to cook scallops. I eventually zoned out and only heard "college student, cooking, mess up".

Anyways enough of my blabbing of my boring life ...
Time to get started and finish my 10 page essay after cooking.

Scallops with Parmesan Basil Sauce

Ingredients (sauce)
1 1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded on reserve)
2 tbs Butter
1 tbs Flour
1/4 cup Basil
salt and pepper

1. Wash the basil and set aside
2. Get your station cleaned and ready

1. In a sauce pan, melt the butter and stir in flour until roux is formed
2. Add milk until all the roux is encorporated
3. Wait for a simmer on low heat and keep stirring (DO NOT GO TO SUPER BUBBLY STATE)
4. Slowly spoon in cheese one spoon at a time and keep stirring as you add the cheese
5. Keep adding until you get thick sauce consistency. (You may need more or less than 1 cup of cheese)
6. Cut the basil into thin strips (roll the basil up and cut, it's easier!)
7. Throw basil, salt, and pepper into the pot
8. Taste

Scallop portions

3 Scallops
3 tbs White wine
1 tbs Butter or oil

Cooking Directions
1. Heat the oil
2. Sear the scallops 3-4 minutes on each side or until both sides are brown
3. Throw in white wine and cover for 1 minute
4. Voila! serve with sauce

On a side note... I spent a long time trying to figure out an Asian style sauce for scallops and ended failing : (. Somehow I am Asian, but I can not successfully create a good Asian dish :(. Oh well, I guess people have their strengths and weaknesses xD.

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