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Scallops with Cream (Coquilles St Jacques)

ingredients

serves: 4
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion
2 tablespoons button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
250 g (8 oz) scallops with coral
1/2 cup cream
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs
extra 2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
lemon slices and parsley sprigs for garnish

method

1. Melt butter in a saucepan and saute spring onion and mushrooms until soft.

2. Add wine and cook until wine is reduced to half the original quantity.

3. Add scallops and simmer for 2 minutes.

4. Add cream, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste.

5. Re-heat gently and place in scallop shells.

6. Toss breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over scallops with Parmesan cheese.

7. Place under a hot grill until golden brown.

8. Serve immediately as an entree, garnished with lemon slices and parsley sprigs.

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