Basil & Garlic-Stuffed Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

“Included is the recipe for Spicy Citrus Beurre Blanc sauce. A Gilroy Garlic Festival winning recipe.”
1hr 5mins

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  1. For the Scallops: Lay your scallops on a flat clean work surface. Place your hand on top of each scallop and using a thin sharp knife, cut a small pocket into the side of each scallop, taking care not to cut all the way through the sides. Wrap a roasted garlic clove with a basil leaf before inserting gently into the pocket of each scallop.
  2. Then wrap the sides of each stuffed scallop with a thin slice of prosciutto to ensure the garlic stays inside the scallop; use a large toothpick to secure. Set aside; in a medium shallow dish, combine the flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Carefully toss the stuffed scallops in the flour coating all sides. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add your scallops gently in the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. For the Spicy Citrus Beurre Blanc: Combine wine, lime juice, lemon juice, orange zest and cayenne pepper in a medium sauce pan.
  4. Heat over medium-high heat and let simmer until reduced by half. Stir in cream and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 8-10 minutes to reduce by half yet again. Turn heat to high and whisk in cold cut butter, until all butter is well incorporated. Keep warm.
  5. To Serve: Place the stuffed and wrapped sea scallops on a large platter and drizzle with Spicy Beurre Blanc Sauce. Garnish with any remaining basil leaves, if desired.
  6. Note: To roast individual garlic cloves, break garlic bulbs into cloves, leaving thin skins on the cloves. Place the cloves in a small oven-proof dish and drizzle with 1/2 cup of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of coarse black pepper.
  7. Cover dish and bake in pre-heated 250° oven for 40 minutes, turning cloves over every now and then. Remove from oven and let garlic cool before carefully removing thin outer skins from each clove.

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