This Saffron Risotto with Seared Scallops is more than a dish; it's a celebration of love, an ode to the joys of sharing a meal made with care. On Valentine's Day, let this recipe be the centerpiece of your table, a symbol of the beauty and depth of your affections.
Scallops & Saffron Risotto with Blistered Tomatoes
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Valentine's Day is a celebration of love, an occasion that calls for something extraordinary on the dinner table. What could be more fitting than a dish that whispers romance with every bite? Enter Saffron Risotto with Seared Scallops: a dish that marries the luxuriousness of saffron, the warmth of paella spices, and the tender sweetness of scallops into a culinary embrace. This recipe is not just about cooking; it's about creating an experience, a moment where every spoonful is a testament to the beauty of simplicity and the depth of flavors.
This dish is perfect for an intimate Valentine's Day dinner, serving up to four people, allowing for a cozy double date or a special family meal. With a preparation time of approximately 20 minutes and a cook time of 45 minutes, you can create a stunning and delicious meal in just over an hour. This leaves plenty of time for enjoying the evening, making it an ideal choice for those looking to impress without spending all day in the kitchen.
- 3 Cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 White or Yellow Onion, Diced
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4–6 Cloves Garlic, Rough Chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
- 1 1/2 Cups Risotto Rice
A Pinch of Saffron (about 20 strands)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Rumi Paella
- 6–8 Cups Veggie Stock or Chicken Stock, Warmed
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
- 12 Large Scallops
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Dry White Wine
Bloom the Saffron:
Begin by blooming the saffron for both the risotto and scallops. Take about 20 strands of saffron and steep them in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of warm water for 10 minutes. This process will unleash the saffron's vibrant color and full flavor profile.
Blister the Tomatoes:
In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high. Add the tomatoes, cooking until they burst and soften, about 7 minutes. Set aside.
Make the Risotto:
In a large pot, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, cooking until translucent and golden. Stir in the garlic and thyme, sautéing until fragrant.
Add the risotto rice. Stir in the bloomed saffron (with its water), paella mix, and 2 cups of warm stock.
Simmer, adding stock cup by cup, until the rice is creamy yet al dente.
Finish with butter and Parmesan, seasoning to taste.
- Dry the scallops and heat butter and olive oil in a pan until foaming. Sear scallops until golden, set aside.
Deglaze the pan with white wine and bloomed saffron threads. Reduce to a thickened sauce.
Return scallops to the pan, coating them in the sauce.
Plate the saffron risotto, top with seared scallops, and garnish with fresh herbs.