Recipe: Scallops with potatoes and lemon oil

By Amanda Laird

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Scallops with potatoes and lemon oil. Photo / Babiche Martens
Scallops with potatoes and lemon oil. Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

Finely grated zest of two lemons
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
16 jersey benne or gourmet red potatoes
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup riesling
1 Tbs olive oil
20 scallops
Baby spinach leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Add the lemon zest to the olive oil and leave to infuse as long as possible. Two days is ideal but overnight works well.

2 Slice the potatoes into thin rounds while heating a fry pan or grill. Add the olive oil and cook the potatoes until they are golden and tender. Set aside.

3 Put the currants into a saucepan then pour over the riesling and bring to a simmer. As soon as a simmer is reached, turn off the heat and set aside.

4 Heat the pan used for the potatoes, add the second measure of oil then cook the scallops over a high heat for 1 minute on each side.

5 Pile the potatoes and scallops on to the serving plates, arrange the spinach leaves and currants then tip over any remaining juices from the scallops and the currants. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and before serving add a final drizzle of lemon oil.

- NZ Herald

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