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Scallops with Brown Apple Cider Butter

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 20

Why I Love This Recipe

A few years ago we were at a friends house and they busted out this first course before dinner. It was easy and tasty because it's got my favorite ingredient—butter.

I find the key here is to get the freshest, plumpest scallops you can find from a good seafood place.

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup apple cider
1 pound scallops
1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
5 TBSP butter
2 TBSP chopped fresh sage
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 TSP salt and pepper


In a large pan, boil cider over medium-high heat for about 8 mins, reduce to 3-4 TBSP.

In separate large pan, melt 2 TBSP butter over medium heat. Salt and pepper scallops, sautée in pan until carmelized, (3-4 mins each side). Remove scallops from pan, keep warm. Add last 3 TBSP of butter to pan. Brown butter over medium heat, then stir in reduced apple cider, half of apples, and sage and lemon juice. Simmer 2-3 mins, thickening sauce slightly.

Put scallops on a small plate, spoon sauce over top. Garnish with remaining sliced apples.

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