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Asada's Linguine in Spicy Chipotle Cream Sauce With Seared Sea Scallops
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
From the menu of . . . Asada
1238 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta
Q: I had the most extraordinary dish at Asada - scallops with pasta. Is it possible to get this recipe?
- Lynn T. Ziglar, Atlanta
A: Co-owner Liz Callison describes this creation by her partner, chef Michael Hosp, as almost druglike: "At first you say, 'Oh my God, it's hot!' But then before you know it, you're craving the next bite."
Hands on time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Serves: 2
1 (7-ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/2 pound dried linguine
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 dry-packed sea scallops (about 3/4 pound)
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Dried red pepper flakes, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook the pasta al dente; drain.
While the pasta cooks, prepare the scallops. Heat olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper and add to pan. Sear on one side for about 1 minute and turn. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chipotle, depending on your tolerance of chile heat, and the chopped garlic, and toss. Add white wine to deglaze the pan. (If necessary, you can quickly detach and discard the hinge muscles from the scallops.) When liquid has been reduced by half, add cream. Cook on high until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove scallops from pan and set aside. Add the cooked linguine to the pan and toss with the sauce. Transfer to a serving bowl and arrange the scallops on top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and dried red pepper flakes.
Hosp recommends using 2 tablespoons of chipotle puree for this recipe, but when you make it at home, you might want to start with 1 tablespoon and work your way up.
In addition to its addictive heat, home chefs will appreciate the recipe's simplicity. Said Callison of Hosp's cooking style, "He really believes in keeping things simple and letting the flavors come through."