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Recipe Source:
Pierre Franey Cooks with His Friends

Pierre Franey with Claudia Franey Jensen
1997, Workman Publishing Company, Inc.


Scallop and Shrimp Salad

Yield: 4 servings

"This recipe calls for tiny cooked and shelled European shrimp, but
tiny Maine shrimp can be substituted. If not available, use other small
shrimp. It is important that the scallops be very fresh, because they
are not cooked and are placed in the marinade only briefly."

For the Marinade:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup basil leaves, loosely packed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the Vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon aged red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

16 large, very fresh sea scallops, cut
crosswise into 4 even slices
4 cups small, tender mixed salad greens,
such as mesclun and māche
3 cups coarsely chopped mixed herbs,
such as parsley, dill, tarragon,

chervil, and a few mint leaves
1 pound small shrimp, cooked and peeled

1. Make the marinade: Heat the oil to lukewarm in a small saucepan,
add the basil, remove, remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour.
train. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend well.
2. Make the vinaigrette: In a large bowl, combine the mustard and
vinegar and blend well with a wire whisk. Slowly whisk in the olive
oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
3. Place the scallop slices in a large bowl and add the marinade. Toss

well, making sure they are well coated. Let stand 15 minutes.
4. Just before serving, add the salad greens and fresh herbs to the
vinaigrette. Toss well.
5. To serve, divide the salad greens among 4 large serving plates by

piling up the greens in the center of each plate. Place 16 scallops in
overlapping slices in a circle around each mound. Place the shrimp
around the edges in small mounds, dividing them equally among
the 4 plates, and pour the leftover marinade over.

NOTE: If you need to cook the shrimp, here's an easy way to do it: Put
the shrimp in a pot of water with a little thyme, a bay leaf, a few parsley
sprigs, a dash of Tabasco sauce, salt, and a few peppercorns. Bring to a
simmer and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and peel
when they have cooled down.


Potatoes Au Gratin

Yield: 8-10 Servings

"These potatoes are traditionally made with milk and cream.
Instead, I use chicken broth, which has almost no fat."

2 1/2 pounds Idaho potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups sliced white onion
2 1/2 cups fresh or canned chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Comte or Gruyere cheese, grated

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/8-inch slices with a slicer - they must be of uniform size. Place them in a mixing bowl with cold water
to remove the starch. Drain thoroughly.
3. Rub the bottom of a large flameproof gratin dish with the oil and add

the potatoes and onion. Spread out evenly. Pour the broth over the
potatoes. Place the bay leaf in the center of the potatoes and sprinkle
with several gratings of nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Bring
to a boil on top of the stove. Turn off the heat and add the cheese,
spreading it evenly over the top. Place in the oven for 40 minutes, or
until lightly browned. Remove the bay leaf and serve.


Baked Rice with Red Peppers

Yield: 4 servings

"I prefer to use converted (parboiled) rice. After cooking, the grains
remain slightly firm, retain their shape, and do not stick together
or become gluey."

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and
cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup converted rice
1 1/2 cups fresh or canned
chicken broth or water
2 sprigs parsley
1 sprig thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
1/2 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or
Tabasco sauce, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy ovenproof saucepan and cook the onion,

red pepper, and garlic, stirring with a wooden spoon until the onion is
translucent. Add the rice and stir briefly over low heat until all the
grains are coated with oil.
3. Stir in the broth, making sure there are no lumps in the rice. Add the

parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and cayenne. Cover with a close-fitting lid
and place in the oven.
4. Bake the rice exactly 17 minutes. Remove the cover and discard the
bay leaf, parsley, and thyme sprigs. Stir with a 2-pronged fork
and serve.

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