(WTNH) -- William Reardon, the Executive Chef at the Vivo Seasonal Trattoria, is in the kitchen, making maple butter sea scallops.
Vivo Seasonal Trattoria is an award winning seasonal restaurant located within the Hartford Marriott Downtown at 200 Columbus Blvd. Cakk 860-760-2333 or visit www.VivoHartford.com to learn more.
Maple Butter Sea Scallops With Butternut Squash Risotto And Toasted Pignoli
Sea Scallops U-10 - 12 Ea
Olive Oil - 1 Oz
Salt And Pepper - As Needed (Tt)
Arborio Rice - 8 Oz
Butter - 4 Oz
Onion - 2 Oz (Small Dice)
Vegetable Stock (Hot) - 24 Oz
Roasted Butternut Squash - 2 Oz (Small Dice)
Roasted Butternut Squash Puree - 1 Oz
Parmesan Cheese (Grated) - 4 Oz
Salt And Pepper - As Needed (Tt)
Maple Butter - 4 Oz
Toasted Pignoli Nuts - 2 Oz (Garnish)
RISOTTO: Using a sauce pan, heat half the butter over medium high heat until butter is melted. Stir in the onion and saute until translucent. Add arborio rice and stir to coat with the butter and onion. Cook slightly to toast the rice. Add in the diced butternut squash and begin to add the vegetable stock in 2-4 oz increments. Continue to stir the rice and stock until each increment of liquid has been absorbed. Rice will begon to get creamy about halfway through. Continue adding almost all the stock and test the rice for desired texture. Use less stock if you desire a more al dente risotto. Add the butternut puree, remaining butter and parmesan cheese. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if desired. Portion onto four separate plates.
SCALLOPS: Heat saute pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Season scallops with salt and pepper. When oil is hot add scallops to the pan. Sear the scallops for one minute and then flip them over. Place pan into 350' oven or 3-5 additional minutes. Remove from oven and add cold maple butter directly to the pan with scallops to make a small pan sauce.
Portion 3 scallops per plate over the risotto and spoon the maple butter sauce over them. Add toasted pignoli nuts across the top of the dish.
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