Spanish Scallops With Garlic Cream & Tomato Jam

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“(Vieras Con Crema De Ajo Y Mermelada De Tomates) This modern Catalan way of preparing seafood is not only great for scallops; it's also fabulous for many different types of seafood, from shrimp to lobster to fish fillets, such as turbot or sea bass. The contrast of tastes - the smooth garlicky cream and olive oil emulsion and the sweetened roasted tomatoes - is truly attention grabbing. Adapted from "The New Spanish Table" cookbook.”

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  1. Place the smashed garlic cloves, cream, and clam juice in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, partially covered, until the garlic feels completely soft when poked with a skewer, 10 to 12 minutes. If the cream mixture has reduced in volume, add enough cream to make 1 cup. Let the garlic cream cool for a few minutes, then transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Place 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and the minced garlic in a small deep skillet over medium-low heat. Stir until the garlic is very fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic cream and whisk until the sauce is emulsified. Continue cooking, stirring from time to time, until the sauce thickens a little, about 3 minutes. Season the sauce with salt to taste, remove it from heat and keep warm.
  3. Pat the scallops dry with paper towels and seasono them with salt & pepper. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a very large skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Working in three batches, cook the scallops until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked scallops to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. To serve, spread the garlic cream on 4 plates, and arrange 6 scallops on top of each. Dab the scallops with the Tomato Jam and serve at once.

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