Coquilles Saint Jacques Recipe

As you will relish savouring these Coquilles St Jacques you will congratulate yourself for taking the time to prepare them
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As you will savour these Coquilles St Jacques you will congratulate yourself for taking the time to prepare them. To honor the delicacy of this dish I recommend that you prepare it with the best scallops you can get. For a few years now I have been cooking delicious Quebec scallops from the North Shore or the Magdalen Islands. Avoid Asian farmed scallops soaked in water to increase their weight before they send them to the market. The latter decrease in volume upon defrosting.

To prepare in advance:

Prepare the scallop and mushroom sauce up  to 2 days in advance. Before serving, simply heat the sauce over very low heat, pour into the shells and garnish with cheese and mashed potatoes if desired.

For freezing:

Freeze without the cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 ° F until the sauce is bubbly, cover with cheese and put under the grill until cheese is golden.

Servings: 4

Prep Time45 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

 35 g (1/2 cup) grated Swiss cheese
  55 g (1/2 cup) grated mozzarella cheese
 1 egg yolk
  1/4 cup 35% heavy cream
 350 g (12 oz) medium-sized scallops
  3/4 cup dry white wine
 1/4 cup water
  1/2 tsp salt
 3 whole peppercorns
 1 sprig of parsley
 1 bay leaf
 1 pinch of thyme
 2 shallots, finely chopped
  50 g (3 1/2 tbsp) butter
 1/4 cup mushrooms, coarsely chopped
 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
 1/3 cup milk
 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
 Approximately 2 cups of mashed potatoes (optional)

1

Mix the cheeses and reserve. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and cream and reserve.

2

In a medium saucepan, combine the scallops, wine, water, salt, pepper, parsley, bay leaf, thyme and shallots. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes and immediately remove the pan from the heat.

3

Strain the scallops and broth through a sieve keeping the broth. Return the broth to the pot. Reserve the scallops.

4

Cook the broth over medium heat until approximately 1 cup of broth remains.

5

In the meantime, remove the scallops from the aromatics and cut 4. Reserve.

6

In a small skillet, melt 14 g (1 tbsp.) Of butter and cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until they begin to brown. Reserve.

7

In a medium saucepan, over low heat melt the remaining butter, remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the flour. Return the pan to the heat and cook for 1 minute . Remove the pan from the heat. Gradually whisk in the reduced broth and milk. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon, until the sauce thickens and sticks to the back of a spoon. Stir the egg cream mixture into the sauce and remove the pan from the heat. Add the lemon juice and Cayenne to the sauce, then the mushrooms and scallops.

8

Set the oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the grill.

Coquille saint jacques à gratiner

9

Divide the mixture among 4 shells or gratin dishes, cover with cheese, garnish the rim with rosette of mashed potatoes if desired. Place the shells on a baking sheet and cook under the grill until the cheese is golden.

Ingredients

 35 g (1/2 cup) grated Swiss cheese
  55 g (1/2 cup) grated mozzarella cheese
 1 egg yolk
  1/4 cup 35% heavy cream
 350 g (12 oz) medium-sized scallops
  3/4 cup dry white wine
 1/4 cup water
  1/2 tsp salt
 3 whole peppercorns
 1 sprig of parsley
 1 bay leaf
 1 pinch of thyme
 2 shallots, finely chopped
  50 g (3 1/2 tbsp) butter
 1/4 cup mushrooms, coarsely chopped
 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
 1/3 cup milk
 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
 Approximately 2 cups of mashed potatoes (optional)

Directions

1

Mix the cheeses and reserve. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and cream and reserve.

2

In a medium saucepan, combine the scallops, wine, water, salt, pepper, parsley, bay leaf, thyme and shallots. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes and immediately remove the pan from the heat.

3

Strain the scallops and broth through a sieve keeping the broth. Return the broth to the pot. Reserve the scallops.

4

Cook the broth over medium heat until approximately 1 cup of broth remains.

5

In the meantime, remove the scallops from the aromatics and cut 4. Reserve.

6

In a small skillet, melt 14 g (1 tbsp.) Of butter and cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until they begin to brown. Reserve.

7

In a medium saucepan, over low heat melt the remaining butter, remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the flour. Return the pan to the heat and cook for 1 minute . Remove the pan from the heat. Gradually whisk in the reduced broth and milk. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon, until the sauce thickens and sticks to the back of a spoon. Stir the egg cream mixture into the sauce and remove the pan from the heat. Add the lemon juice and Cayenne to the sauce, then the mushrooms and scallops.

8

Set the oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the grill.

Coquille saint jacques à gratiner

9

Divide the mixture among 4 shells or gratin dishes, cover with cheese, garnish the rim with rosette of mashed potatoes if desired. Place the shells on a baking sheet and cook under the grill until the cheese is golden.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques Recipe

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