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Manhattan Seafood Medley with Amazing Sauce

October 16, 2017

Target Healthy Eating

The success of this entree begins by making sure you buy the freshest seafood from a trusted fishmonger and spending the time to collect all the spices needed to give the sauce its rich depth. Make the sauce the day before you serve it and the herbs and spices will infuse my entire recipe, even more. Instead of serving the seafood and amazing sauce over rice or cous cous or potato or quinoa, I chose orzo, which worked wonderfully well. My second choice would have been either cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower. ©Joyce Hays, Target Hays, Target Health Inc.

If you make the sauce the night before, as easy as that is, there's practically nothing to do the next day, except cook the orzo (or your choice) in chicken stock or broth, and fry the seafood quickly in a very hot skillet. Because this fragrant recipe is impressive and attractive, your family and/or your dinner guests will regard you as a top chef. Try it. As long as there are no allergies or other reasons not to eat seafood, your complements will come rolling in. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Dinner for Two

Seafood Ingredients 

1/2 pound shrimp, shelled, deveined & cleaned

1/2 pound sea scallops

1 glug extra virgin olive oil

2 or 3 fresh garlic cloves, mashed right in skillet, with a fork, or use a garlic press

Amazing Sauce

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons butter

1 cup chopped onion

2 scallions, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

10 gloves garlic, sliced

1 cup diced ripe tomatoes with a little of their juice

One 28 ounce can of Cento San Marzano Certified Peeled Tomatoes with Basil Leaf

2.5 Tablespoons dry oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 Tablespoon chickpea flour

1 cup clam juice in the bottle

1 Tablespoon Cento tomato paste

1/2 cup cream sherry

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes Tabasco

1 pinch Salt

1 pinch black pepper

1 pinch chili flakes

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 Tablespoon flax seeds

1 cup fresh cilantro, well chopped

Keep some chicken stock or broth handy, while cooking the sauce.

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (save some for garnish)

I bought all the ingredients from the following: Whole Foods, FreshDirect, Dean & Deluca, Amazon, Sherry-Lehmann Wines and Spirits. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


Make Amazing Sauce the Day Before Serving

1. Do all of the chopping, slicing, cutting now so all sauce ingredients will be ready.

Do all your chopping, slicing, cutting at once, on one board. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

2. Melt olive oil with butter in a large skillet, that has a cover that fits well, over a medium flame.

3. Next, saute the scallions, onion, garlic, pepper, until soft.

Saute the scallions, garlic, onion, pepper first. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍4. Stir in the can of Cento tomatoes and juice, along with the fresh tomatoes. Add the fresh, cut tomatoes.

Cento tomatoes and fresh tomatoes have been added. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5. Add oregano, thyme and all spices, as well as all herbs and flax seeds. Lower heat and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the chickpea flour and stir well.

6. Add 1 cup clam juice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

7. Add the Cento tomato paste and stir until blended.

All spices and herbs, plus Cento tomato paste, have been added. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍8. Add the Cream Sherry, Worcestershire, 1/3 cup of heavy dairy cream and Tabasco. Stir well to combine all ingredients. If you feel sauce is too thick, slowly add some chicken stock, stir and determine if you need more. If you think sauce is too thin, very slowly, add more chickpea flour, stirring constantly, until you get the consistency you want.

As you can see all final liquids have been added and am ready to stir well to combine everything before simmering for 10 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍9. Once all sauce ingredients have been combined, put the tight-fitting cover on and lower the heat to simmer. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Keep sauce covered and let it cool down to room temperature. Then put in refrigerator overnight.

Finally, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

On the day of serving 

Follow directions on box and make the orzo (or whatever you chose to serve the seafood and amazing sauce over): I like to use chicken stock or broth to cook in, instead of water, which is always part of the directions on the box. After cooking, keep warm.

Orzo cooked in chicken stock or broth. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

2. At this point, when you're about to serve in 10 minutes, over a low flame, heat up the amazing sauce, so it's ready when the seafood is done.

Warming up the sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3. Seafood, add one glug of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and with a fork, mash the garlic. If you have a garlic press, you can use that also. Turn the heat up.

4. To the pan, add the sea scallops and shrimp. Allow them to cook for a full minute, check to see if the scallops have turned a light brown. At that point, turn shrimp and scallops over and let the other side turn a light brown. This should take about 1 minute on each side, over a high flame. When done, remove from heat and set aside. At this point, you're ready to serve.

Call me fussy, but I like to cook shrimp and scallops separately, so while I'm trying to get the scallops just right on the outside, I don't overcook the shrimp. If either is overcooked, they get rubbery and really do taste overcooked which would ruin the whole dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Cooking the shrimp. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5. Spoon the amazing sauce into individual large pasta-shape bowls and place a portion of orzo (or your choice) in the center of each pasta bowl, over the sauce.

6. Spoon seafood over the orzo and the sauce. Add more sauce if desired, sprinkle some chopped parsley over the top, serve and enjoy!

All this dinner needs is a fresh crispy salad, your favorite warm bread or rolls to sop up the sauce and an icy white wine.

For dessert we had an easy to make fresh berry mousse.

Just a little sauce left over, but that's about it. This is so-o delicious. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Finally, Fall is in the air, here in the Big Apple. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

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