Scallops and Roasted Pepper Chutney Tuesday, Jun 11 2013 

For the scallops
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne
16 large scallops

For the chutney
4 red peppers
1 medium red onion
1-inch piece gingerroot
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seed powder
1/2 teaspoon cracked peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter

Place the olive oil, garlic, ginger and cayenne in a resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add the scallops and turn to coat. Refrigerate the scallops while you make the chutney.

Set an oven rack at the upper-middle position and heat your broiler to high. Place the peppers, onion and ginger on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 15 minutes, turning often, until all sides of the vegetables and ginger are charred (you may need to remove the ginger before the peppers and onion are finished). Place them in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Peel the charred skin from peppers and onion and trim the blackened skin from the ginger. Place the roasted and peeled vegetables and ginger in a food processor along with the heavy cream, lime juice, salt, toasted cumin, cracked pepper, garam masala and cayenne pepper and pulse until smooth.

Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the ghee or clarified butter and heat for 1 minute. Add enough scallops to fill the skillet and cook until they’re browned, about 1 1/2 minutes, without moving. Flip the scallops over and cook the other side until browned, about 1 minute longer. Place the scallops on a large serving dish. Cover with foil to keep warm and cook remaining scallops. When all of the scallops are browned, discard all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet and add the chutney. Bring it to a broil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes. Taste the chutney for seasoning, pour over the scallops and serve.

The Costco Connection, May 2013, page 67
Reprinted from American Masala (Clarkson Potter, 2007) by Suvir Saran with Raquel Petzel

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Blue Cheese Burgers Friday, Apr 26 2013 

Burgers
2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 shallot, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 ounces blue cheese
8 hamburger buns
8 small lettuce leaves
8 thin slices tomato
8 thin slices red onion

Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 tablespoons chopped pickle
1 teaspoon hot sauce

Make burgers: In a large bowl, combine beef, parsley, shallot, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne. Using your fingers, mix gently but thoroughly. Divide meat mixture into 16 disks. Portion cheese into 8 small disks and place in the center of 8 hamburger disks. Top with remaining hamburger disks, pressing to seal.

Make sauce: In a bowl, combine ketchup, dressing, pickle and hot sauce. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Preheat grill to medium. Grill hamburgers for about 7 minutes (for medium-rare), turning once. Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes. Grill buns, cut sides down, for 30 seconds.

Serve burgers on buns with sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

All You Magazine, May 2012

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