Scallops, Mushrooms and Scallions

Scallops, Mushrooms and Scallions

  • ¼ cup extra–virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 8 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch of scallions, trimmed and roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1¼ pounds sea scallops, foot or side muscle removed
  • Good-quality balsamic vinegar

In a large nonstick skillet, over -medium–high heat, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic, and once the garlic begins to sizzle, add the mushrooms and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Cook until the mushrooms wilt, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Add the scallions, thyme, and butter, and cook until the mushrooms are tender, another 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and keep warm.

Wipe out the skillet, return it to -medium–high heat, and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Season the scallops with remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve on mushrooms, drizzled with balsamic vinegar if desired.

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