Saturday, April 10, 2010

Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

I found this recipe on I was looking for something different from the normal everyday recipes I'd been making for dinner and this really came through.  Give this one a try!

1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine (water may be substituted)
1/4 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs sea scallops
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add onion to pan; saute 3 minutes.  Stir in pasta, broth, wine, and thyme; bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente.  Stir in chopped chives and lemon juice.  Keep warm.

Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle scallions evenly with salt and pepper.  Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.   Serve with pasta mixture.

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