Pan-Roasted Scallops with Truffles, White Cheddar "Mac and Cheese, " Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Gremolatta

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

Bechamel:

  • 3 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 c. butter plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 8 oz. white Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

Gremolatta:

  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tbsp. panko bread crumbs

Mac and Cheese:

  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 c. frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente, drained

Scallops and Asparagus:

  • 16 large sea scallops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 asparagus spears, grilled, cut into 1" pieces
  • 4 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. white truffle oil
  • 1 small white truffle, optional

Instructions:

Bechamel:

Heat milk in large saucepan; bring to a simmer. Melt 1/2 cup butter in small sauté pan and slowly whisk in flour to form a paste. Slowly add flour mixture to hot milk. Cook and stir until thick. Season with nutmeg and stir in half (l cup) of the white Cheddar cheese. Set aside.

Gremolatta:

Mix lemon zest, parsley and bread crumbs in small bowl. Set aside.

Mac & Cheese:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12 to 18-inch sauté pan. Add garlic and cook until translucent. Add heavy cream and peas. When warm, add béchamel. Cook and stir until hot. Toss in cooked pasta and remaining white Cheddar cheese. Turn burner to low.

Scallops and Asparagus:

Dry scallops with towel. Season tops with salt and pepper. Heat 12 to 18-inch sauté pan very hot. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Heat until very hot. Carefully place each scallop in pan, seasoned side down. Cook 50 seconds or until browned. Turn scallops over. Toss in the asparagus and remove pan from heat.

Final Preparation:

Taste pasta and season to taste. Divide into four large shallow bowls. Arrange scallops in the middle of the pasta and top with asparagus. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and gremolatta on top. Thinly shave the truffle and place on top. Drizzle truffle oil and place truffle on top to finish the dish.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.