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Veracruz Scallops with Cool Green Chile Sauce

Recipe from Weber's Charcoal Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance

Fuel Type: Gas
  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Grilling Time

    7 to 11 min.

Ingredients
Instructions

the Ingredients

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Sauce

  • 3 long Anaheim chile peppers
  • 3 scallions (white and green parts), coarsely chopped
  • 6 grams loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 120 milliliters sour cream
  • 120 milliliters mayonnaise
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Rub

  • 1 teaspoon pure chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
  • 24 large sea scallops, each about 55 grams
  • Vegetable oil
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  • Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (230° to 290°C
  • Grill the chile peppers over direct high heat, with the lid open, until blackened and blistered in spots all over, 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the chiles from the grill. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the stem ends. Using a sharp knife, scrape off and discard nearly all the blackened skins. Coarsely chop the remaining parts of the chiles and drop them into a food processor or blender. Add the scallions, cilantro, and garlic. Process to make a coarse paste, scraping down the inside of the bowl once or twice. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and process to create a smooth sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little water and adjust the seasonings.
    Grill the chile peppers over high heat, with the lid open, until blackened and blistered in spots all over, 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the chiles from the grill. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the stem ends. Using a sharp knife, scrape off and discard nearly all the blackened skins. Coarsely chop the remaining parts of the chiles and drop them into a food processor or blender. Add the scallions, cilantro, and garlic. Process to make a coarse paste, scraping down the inside of the bowl once or twice. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and process to create a smooth sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little water and adjust the seasonings.
  • In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients.
  • Rinse the scallops under cold water and remove the small, tough muscle that might be left on each one. Place the scallops in a large bowl and add enough oil to coat them lightly. Add the rub, lime zest, and lime juice. Mix well to coat the scallops evenly.
  • Grill the scallops over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until slightly firm on the surface and opaque in the center (check by cutting one open), 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and serve warm with the sauce.
    Grill the scallops over high heat, with the lid closed, until slightly firm on the surface and opaque in the center (check by cutting one open), 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and serve warm with the sauce.

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