• Parma Ham-wrapped scallops with Marsala and sage recipe

    by  • 09/04/2011 • Recipes • 2 Comments

    Recipe from Discover the Origin with Matt Tebbutt

    Serve with a white Burgundy such as Meursault or Viré-Clessé
    Serves 4

    Parma Ham-wrapped scallops with Marsala and sageIngredients:

    400g long-grain rice
    finely grated zest of 2 lemons
    2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder, plus an extra pinch
    24 small fresh sage leaves
    24 scallops
    12 slices Parma Ham, cut in half
    50g butter
    6 tablespoons Marsala
    4 tablespoons fresh herbs (chives, parsley, thyme, etc.), chopped
    salt and freshly ground black pepper


    1. Put the rice on to cook in plenty of boiling water, adding the lemon
      zest and one teaspoon of stock powder to flavour it. Cook until tender –
      about 12 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, place a sage leaf on top of each scallop and wrap half a
      slice of Parma Ham around each one. Heat the butter in a frying pan and
      add the Parma Ham-wrapped scallops, cooking them for about two minutes
      before turning them over to cook the other side.
    3. Add the Marsala, four tablespoons of hot water and the pinch of
      stock powder. Simmer for two or three minutes to reduce the liquid a
      little. Season to taste.
    4. Drain the cooked rice and stir through the chopped herbs. Serve with the scallops, along with the cooking juices.
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    Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef. When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN. Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014. According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.