Seared scallops with red wine and orange sauce

Seared scallops with red wine and orange sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of good quality red wine
  • 100 ml orange juice without pulp
  • 50 ml beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon five spices
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 large scallops, well sponged
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh thyme for decorating
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  • In a saucepan heated over medium-high heat, add red wine, orange juice and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • Reduce to medium heat then add brown sugar, five spices and balsamic vinegar then mix. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add the butter and cook for 1 minute, stirring to melt. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a wooden spoon. Add a little red wine if it thickens too much. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • In a non-stick frying pan heated over medium-high heat, melt the butter, add the olive oil and mix. Place half of the scallops and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Flip and continue cooking for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining scallops. Serve with a dash of sauce and garnish with fresh thyme!

RECOMMENDED COKTAIL: Mulled wine with orange and spices:

  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 nutmeg, broken into a few pieces
  • 750 ml of Piqueras Black Label red wine
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Orange wedges to decorate
  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the spices and toast for 1 to 2 minutes to bring out the flavours.
  • Reduce to minimum heat and add the wine, orange juice and brown sugar then mix. Infuse for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The mixture must not boil! Filter and serve hot or warm. Taste and adjust the sugar level to taste.

Product recommendation

Piqueras Black Label Almansa

Piqueras Black Label Almansa