The other night, before the birthday celebrations took place, Another Birthday Celebration, Another Blue Cake we enjoyed a delicious dinner that was once again a combination of everyone bringing something to the table. Gabe had made some vegan mac and cheese for the girls, Priscilla made a delicious brushetta and I made some guacamole for starters and the main meal was the scallops in a spicy orange cream sauce. Everything, as usual, was a big hit. Once again, another successful get together in the books.
I served the scallops over white rice.
Scallops in a Spicy Orange Cream Sauce
2 lbs sea scallops, rinsed
2-3 TBSP flour
4 TBSP butter
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
2 shallots, sliced very thin
2-3 TBSP lemon juice
1 1/2 TBSP garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
2/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tsp spicy chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 TBSP fresh basil, chiffonade into thin strips
2 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped
Marinate the scallops in the spicy chocolate, lemon juice, flour and orange juice for about 30 minutes.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet and add the bell peppers, shallots and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the peppers and onions are soft.
Add the scallops and the marinate, mix everything together thoroughly and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the scallops are cooked.
Add the wine and orange juice and continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated by about 1/2. Then add the cream, the basil and cilantro and continue to cook at a low heat for about 7 minutes.
When everything is done, serve the scallops over white rice and enjoy.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.