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Sea Scallops, Black Truffles En Papillote With Leeks, Carrots


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  • 32 large bay scallops, at least 1 1/2 oz ea
  • 32 slices black truffle, at least 1" dia
  • 4 ounces black truffle oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 4 tablespoons sliced baby chives
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly-cracked black pepper to taste
  • Confit Of Leeks And Baby Carrots (see below)
  • 8 pieces parchment paper cut heart shapes
  • 1 egg white whipped until frothy
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 5 leeks, white and light green part only julienned
  • 3/4 pound baby carrots, peeled (if necessary), and tops trimmed short
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground white pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly-ground nutmeg
  • 3 medium shallots finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter cut small pieces
  • 2 ounces truffle butter cut small pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground white pepper to taste


Servings 8


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the scallops in half to make 2 medallions out of each. Sprinkle the medallions with the truffle oil, lemon juice, and chives. Place a slice of truffle on half of the scallops and place the other halves on top to make a sandwich.

Spread a sheet of the parchment paper on a table so the point of the heart is facing away from you. Place 1/8 of the leek and carrot confit on 1 side of the parchment. Place 4 of the scallop sandwiches on top of the confit. Fold the other half of the parchment paper over and begin folding at the crease at a narrow angle. Repeat this until you have gone all the way around the papillote. When you reach the pointed end, twist it so that it forms a tail. Brush the top with egg white and place on a cookie sheet in the center of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately with black truffle butter sauce.

Confit of Leeks and Baby Carrots: In a saucepan heat butter over medium heat and cook leeks, stirring often, until softened (do not allow to color). Add carrots and cook 3 minutes longer. Add wine and when most of the liquid has evaporated, add water or stock, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper and nutmeg, and simmer uncovered, until vegetables are soft and most liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste.

Black Truffle Butter Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the shallots, vinegar, and wine and reduce to 1/4 cup. Add the heavy cream and reduce by half. Slowly whisk in the cold butter, adding the truffle butter last. Season the sauce with salt and white pepper. Serve immediately.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

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