Scallop Phyllo Pizza With Pinot Noir Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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15 phyllo sheets, room temperature

16 ounces butter, melted

Salt and white pepper

24 (U-10) scallops

Olive oil, to saute

12 to 14 Peruvian purple potatoes, cut in 2-inch slices

10 ounces leeks

8 ounces tomato, seeded and small diced

8 chervil sprigs

Pinot Noir Sauce, recipe follows

Pinot Noir Sauce:

8 ounces butter, (2 sticks)

3 ounces shallots, minced

2 cups Pinot Noir

1 bay leaf

Whole peppercorns

1 cup heavy cream

Sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lay out a sheet of phyllo on a flat work surface and brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and white pepper. Repeat until you have 15 layers of phyllo. Cut into 2 (6-inch) circles.
  3. Lay phyllo out on parchment paper or lightly oiled cookie pan. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  4. Clean scallops by pulling off attaching side muscle. Pat dry with a clean towel. Heat a large heavy-duty saute pan over high heat. Add olive oil and heat almost to the smoke point. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm.
  5. Bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, cool, peel, and slice across so that they are approximately the same thickness as the scallops. Set aside.
  6. Cut leek in half lengthwise, clean, remove core, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. In a small saute pan, saute the leek and tomato in a little olive oil, just until the leeks begin to soften. Set aside.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Alternate, the scallops and potatoes around the perimeter of phyllo disks. Place in the oven and cook just until the scallops are cooked, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the sauteed leek and tomatoes. Drizzle with the Pinot Noir sauce on the outside. Garnish with chervil. Serve immediately.

Pinot Noir Sauce:

Yield: 8 servings
  1. In a heavy bottom saucepot melt the butter and add shallots. Saute until the shallots are tender. Add the Pinot Noir, bay leaf, and whole peppercorns and reduce by 3/4. Add the heavy cream and reduce by half. Strain and finish with salt and the lemon juice.
  2. This sauce will not reconstitute after refrigeration.
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