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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Scallops with Mint Pesto

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • yield: Serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh mint leaves (from about 2 bunches)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound large sea scallops (about 12)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make pesto: In a food processor, place mint, cup oil, 3 tablespoons pine nuts, lemon juice, and garlic. Process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes; thin with water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high. Cook scallops, on one side, until browned, about 3 minutes. Flip, and cook until opaque throughout, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to serving plates; top with pesto and remaining pine nuts.

Source
Everyday Food, May 2007

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