Chef Anthony Bucco, Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ, a Best Chef America 2013 honoree, and a shore resident, has created a masterful ode to spring and shared it in "Savoring." This is "Seared Barnegat Light Scallops, English Pea and Mint Puree, Pea Tendrils and Forest Mushrooms."
Like the farm and sea to table dishes that Chef Bucco creates at The Ryland Inn, this dish is fresh and bright. There are three stages of preparation, the puree, the mushrooms, and the scallops themselves. We have found in our home kitchen that all may be accomplished quickly and without a lot of fuss, one step at a time.
The freshness of the peas, the scallops, and the mushrooms are the essence of this dish, They are grounded with an undercurrent of fresh leek and shallot and punctuated with an exclamation point of fresh mint, a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and a splash of lemon juice.
The complete recipe appears on page 70 in "Savoring." Copies of the book are available online through the link at left and through amazon.com. "Savoring" is also available at the select retailers listed at the left. 100% of the net proceeds from "Savoring" benefit NJ shore Sandy recovery.