MAIN - Seared Scallops with braised chard, semi-mashed white beans, and arugula Pesto



This is something that's really easy, but looks really fancy and presents amazing. The trick with scallops is a smoking hot pan and not to touch the scallops until a nice sear is achieved and it's time to flip. 

FIRST: MAKE THE WHITE BEAN BASE

Saute some chopped shallots until soft, then dump in a can or large cooked batch of white beans. Bring up the temp, then cover the beans with white wine or broth, or both. Cover halfway and let the liquid cook down and absorb into the beans... mash half the beans with the back of a spoon. Squeeze in half a lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.

SECOND: MAKE THE ARGULA PESTO

Put the following in a blender or processor and press "on": handful of arugula, small handful of park cheese, small handful of raw almonds, salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil slowly until a nice consistency is achieved. Salt and pepper to taste. 

THIRD: MAKE THE CHARD

Rip up some chard, including the stems if you like, and sauté in a bit of olive oil. Once they cook down a little, add a wine-glassful of white white and simmer until the wine is nearly all evaporated. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.


FOURTH: SEAR THE SCALLOPS.
Do about 4-5 scallops per person. Wash them, then pat them REALLY dry, if they are not dry they will not sear well. Season with salt and pepper, then place on a screaming hot oiled pan. Sear for 2-3 minutes per side until golden, remove and... 


Arrange all as seen in the photo. Enjoy.