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Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze

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Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze

(BHG.com)

Ingredients

12 large fresh or frozen sea scallops (about 1 1/4 pounds total)

¾ cup 100% pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¾ teaspoon cornstarch

3 teaspoons vegetable oil

¼ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

1 (10 ounce) package fresh baby spinach

Pinch salt

¼ cup pomegranate seeds*

Directions

1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Rinse scallops; pat very dry with paper towels. Remove the small muscles if still attached. Set aside.

2. For sauce, in a medium saucepan combine pomegranate juice, honey, coriander, and cinnamon; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine lemon juice and cornstarch; stir into boiling juice mixture. Gently boil, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until reduced and slightly syrupy. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in an extra-large nonstick skillet heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium-high heat, brushing to coat the skillet. Sprinkle scallops with the sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. When skillet is very hot, add scallops; cook for 2 minutes without stirring or turning (the scallops should be well seared). Turn scallops; cook for 1 to 2 minutes more or just until scallops are opaque in the center. Transfer to a plate.

4. Wipe skillet clean; add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add spinach in batches; toss for 1 to 2 minutes or just until slightly wilted. Season with the pinch of salt and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

5. Arrange scallops and spinach on four serving plates; drizzle with sauce. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

From the test kitchen

Health Tip: Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice has been linked to heart health, and may help prevent the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls.

Tip *Tip: Look for packages of fresh pomegranate seeds in your grocer’s produce or freezer section.

 

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