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June 27th, 2012 | 11:06am

Scallop Ceviche with Strawberries, Chili & Basil

Destination Hotels & Resorts has challenged their chefs across the country to take part in The Destination Dish. Each month one ingredient is selected for the chefs to create a recipe around the chosen element and to incorporate it into their restaurant menu. Be sure to check our blog each month for a new delicious recipe you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home or in Luminaria.

THIS MONTH'S featured Ingredient is STRAWBERRIES!

Scallop Ceviche with Strawberries, Chili & Basil
Serves 6 as a generous appetizer

10 fresh diver scallops (ask for U-10 size)
2 c fresh strawberries
½ c basil, chiffonade
2 fresh Serrano chilies, seeded and diced
2 fresh limes, juiced and zest
½ c extra virgin olive oil
1 oz micro basil (available at most Farmer’s Markets)
sea salt to taste

Slice scallops in halves horizontally, dice. Place in mixing bowl and place on top of another mixing bowl filled with ice. Keep cold throughout process.

Stem and half strawberries, dice and add to bowl of scallops. Stem and cut Serrano chilies in half, remove seeds and cut into long strips and dice finely, add to mixing bowl.  Stack basil leaves on top of each other and roll into a cylinder. Finely shred basil with knife, set aside.

Zest and juice limes directly over mixing bowl. Stir; let marinade for at least one hour.

Add basil and olive oil, season with sea salt.

Serve chilled in martini glasses with small spoon and garnish with micro basil.

Posted by Brett Sparman, Executive Chef

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