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International Selections Artisan Recipe - March 2013

Australia now holds a place of pride on the Pacific Rim, and a delicious "fusion" of East and West meets the best and freshest local ingredients. This simple but memorable seafood dinner dish pairs perfectly with the Pirie Tasmania South Winery Riesling. (Recipe courtesy of Robin Garr, wineloverspage.com)

 Australian Seared Scallops
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Australian Seared Scallops

Ingredients:

• 16-oz can cannellini beans
• salt
• black pepper
• fresh Sage
• 2 Tbsp butter
• 1-2 cloves garlic
• 12-oz large, fresh sea scallops
• 2 cups fresh Arugula or other crisp, bitter green.
• Balsamic vinegar


Preparation:
Drain and rinse the beans. Put them in a saucepan with just enough water to cover, and season with salt, pepper and chopped fresh Sage to taste. (Two or three short sprigs of Sage, enough to make about a heaping teaspoon.) Place over medium-heat and bring to a simmer.

When the beans are heated through, take about one-fourth of the beans and a little of the cooking liquid and mash them by hand or purée in a blender. Drain the remaining beans, stir in the bean purée, and keep warm.

Smash the garlic cloves and put them in a non-stick skillet with the butter, and sauté over medium-high heat until the garlic is aromatic and golden. Put in the scallops and cook just until seared on both sides but still sushi-style tender at the center. Don't overcook. Remove the scallops to a bowl and keep warm.

Still over medium-high heat, toss the Arugula into the hot butter in the skillet and stir it just until it wilts. Discard the garlic, and divide the Arugula between two warm plates. Put a portion of the Sage-scented beans atop the greens, and perch a ration of the seared scallops on the beans. Decorate each plate with a swash of Balsamic and serve.

Serves two.

Pair this recipe with this month's International Selections featuring:
• Pirie Tasmania South Winery 2009 "SOUTH" Pinot Noir
• Pirie Tasmania South Winery 2008 "SOUTH" Riesling

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