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Sea Scallops And Black Truffles En Papillote W/confit Of Leeks And Baby Carrots

  • Yield: 8 one ounce servings


  • 32 large bay scallops, at least 1 1/2 ounce each
  • 32 slices black truffle, at least 1 inch in diameter
  • 4 ounces black truffle oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tablespoon sliced baby chives
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 recipe confit of leeks and baby carrots
  • 8 pieces of parchment paper, cut into the shape of a valentine
  • 1 egg white, whipped until frothy
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 5 leeks, white and light green part only, julienned
  • 3/4 pound baby carrots, peeled (if necessary) and tops trimmed short
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cup water or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and white pepper
  • Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 finely chopped medium shallots
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 ounces truffle butter, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and white pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Slice the scallops in half to make two medallions out of each. Sprinkle the medallions with the truffle oil, lemon juice and chives. Place a slice of truffle on half of the scallops and place the other halves on top to make a sandwich. Spread a sheet of the parchment paper on a table so the point of the valentine is facing away from you. Place an 1/8 of the leek and carrot confit on one side of the parchment. Place 4 of the scallop sandwiches on top of the confit. Fold the other half of the parchment paper over and begin folding at the crease at a narrow angle. Repeat this until you have gone all the way around the papillote. When you reach the pointed end, twist it so that it forms a tail. Brush the top with egg white and place on a cookie sheet in the center of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately with black truffle butter sauce.
  • In a saucepan heat butter over medium heat and cook leeks, stirring often, until softened (do not allow to color). Add carrots and cook 3 minutes longer. Add wine and when most of the liquid has evaporated, add water or stock, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper and nutmeg, and simmer uncovered, until vegetables are soft and most liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  • BLACK TRUFFLE BUTTER SAUCE: In a small saucepan, combine the shallots, vinegar and wine and reduce to 1/4 cup. Add the heavy cream and reduce by half. Slowly whisk in the cold butter, adding the truffle butter last. Season the sauce with salt and white pepper. Serve immediately.