Traditional Italian food is my absolute favorite food. Not the American version of Italian food, but the real Italian food that is made in Italy. Finding authentic recipes can sometimes be hard. That is why I was super excited to read The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cookbook.Discover the Beauty of Basilicata and the taste of Southern Italy, in this book. This book is complete with history, tips, recipes, and Italian cooking primer for home cooks, and wine pairing recommendations.
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In the book I found a delightful classic scallop carpaccio dish that I knew my husband would be happy to come home to. It was so easy to make. I was right, my husband loved the dish. Enjoy!
Scallop Carpaccio Salad
adapted from: The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cookbook
4 sea scallops
1/2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 Tbsp capers
1/2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 tsp fleur de sel
Place the scallops on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for one hour. (I know you don't want to freeze amazing scallops, but this is only done so you can cut them super thin, do it, you won't be sorry. )
When the scallops are almost hard, remove them from the freezer, and with a sharp filleting knife, carefully cut the scallops width-wise into paper thin slices. Divide them between 2 plates.
In a medium bowl whisk together a pinch of salt, the orange juice, and the lemon juice. Slowly add the olive oil, a bit at a time, and continue to whisk until you have an emulsified vinaigrette.
Place micro greens on the plates with the scallops. top with almonds, capers, chives, and fleur de sel. Drizzle the vinaigrette over and serve.