How to make it

  • In a non-reactive container, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, and thyme with enough EVOO to cover. Smash the garlic cloves, rough chop them, then add salt and using the flat of a chef's knife, make a paste with the garlic and salt then add to the oil. Season the salad to taste with fresh lemon juice and salt then let the vegetables marinate for at least two hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • In a large sauce pan, combine the cream and water and heat over medium until hot. Whisk in the cheese until it is incorporated into the liquid. Season to taste with salt (the liquid should be fairly salty or else when you foam it there won't be as much flavor), whisk in the lecithin and keep warm. The cheese wil eventually clump but don't worry about it.
  • In a large skillet, heat the water for the poaching liquid along with the butter and olive oil until 160 degrees. Season the poaching liquid with salt (it should taste like salt water, similar to pasta cooking water. Place the scallops in the poaching liquid and cook until about medium doneness. Try to maintain a consistent water temperature. Remove the scallops and place on paper towels to dry.
  • To plate, place two scallops in a bowl or plate. Spoon some of the salad as well as the infused oil on and around the scallops. Using an immersion blender, foam the parmesan liquid and spoon on top of the scallops and serve immediately.

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  • chefpark 8 years ago
    Can there be replacements for the Lecithin such as cream of tartar?
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  • ironchef 11 years ago
    Lecithin can be found in health food stores by the vitamins and other supplements. It basically acts as a stabilizer for the foam.
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  • nikchick 11 years ago
    WOW! You had me at "butter poached diver scallops"! Where does one get lecithin? I've only ever seen it as an added ingredient or in capsules.
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