Fresh apple juice and Calvados, a dry apple brandy, make the sauce something
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large shallot, minced
1/3 cup Calvados
1 cup heavy whipping cream
16 large sea scallops, patted dry
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh unfiltered apple juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 9-ounce bag spinach leaves
Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add shallot; stir 30 seconds. Add Calvados (brandy may ignite); boil 30 seconds.
Add cream; boil 2 minutes. Transfer sauce base to bowl. (Sauce base can be made
2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
Preheat oven to 300°F. Sprinkle
scallops with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in another large nonstick
skillet over high heat. Add 8 scallops.
Cook until brown, about 2 minutes
per side. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat
with remaining scallops. Add apple juice and thyme to hot skillet. Boil 1
minute, scraping up brown bits. Add sauce base; bring to boil. Remove from heat.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive
oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add
spinach; toss until barely wilted and still bright green, about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using tongs, mound spinach in center of 8 plates,
Arrange 2 scallops on spinach on
each plate. Pour any collected juices from baking sheet into sauce in skillet.
Boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; spoon over
Market tip: Unfiltered fresh apple
juice is thicker and has a more intense flavor than regualr bottled apple juice.
Look for it in the produce section — on ice or in a refrigerator case.
Makes 8 servings.