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2008-01-09

Crispy Angel Hair Cakes with Scallops, Escarole & Tomato Coulis Recipes

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Crispy Angel Hair Cakes with Scallops, Escarole & Tomato Coulis Recipes

Ingredients. SERVES 4

8 ounces angel hair pasta
6 plum tomatoes, quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 sea scallops
4 ounces pancetta, diced
1 large shallot, minced
1 small head escarole, washed, trimmed and chopped
4 basil sprigs, for garnishing

Directions

1.Preheat the oven to 450° F.

2.Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.

3.On a sheetpan with sides, toss together the tomatoes, garlic, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and some
   salt and pepper. Roast the tomatoes until they are very soft, about 20 minutes. Remove the
   tomatoes and reduce the oven temperature to 375° F.

4.While the tomatoes are roasting, make the pasta cakes. Warm 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small,
   non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add a generous 1/2 cup of pasta to the pan and
   flatten it into a pancake shape. Fry on both sides until golden brown. Transfer to a sheetpan.
   Make 3 more cakes in the same way and then 4 small, lacy cakes to use as tops. Set the cakes
    aside until needed.

5.When the tomatoes are ready, puree them in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain into
    a saucepan cover and set over very low heat until needed.

6.Warm 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium, non-stick sauté pan over very high heat. Add the scallops
   and brown them on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Do not overcook the scallops. Transfer to
   a small sheetpan and set aside until needed.

7.Reduce the heat under the sauté pan to medium and add the last teaspoon of olive oil. Sauté the
   pancetta and shallots for 3 or 4 minutes. Add the escarole and cook it until wilted. Season with salt
   and pepper to taste.

8.While the escarole is wilting, put the pasta cakes and scallops in the oven to warm.

9.To assemble: Spoon some tomato coulis onto each of 4 plates. Set a large pasta cake on the coulis.
   Top each with 1/4 of the escarole. Slice the scallops in half crosswise and set 4 slices on each mound
   of escarole. Finish with a small pasta cake set in place at an angle. Garnish with basil and serve immediately.


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