Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Sauce of the Devil

The title of this post is borderline too intense. Wouldn't you say? Let me explain. Last Saturday night I made a sauce just about as spicy as my taste buds could handle, a Fra Diavolo. I believe the literal translation in Italian is 'brother devil.' This unmistakable red sauce is known to pair well with seafood, particularly shellfish. Adam sauteed some Scallops and we served it over linguine.
If you're a regular reader you know by now I don't often create my own recipes or even veer to far off the beaten path when I follow one. You can call it a lack of faith in myself as a cook or a lack of creativity in the kitchen, but I tend to get the most enjoyment from cooking when I have steps to guide me. This meal was no exception. The step by step instructions for this dish can be found here. Ingredients and pictures can be found below.
-4-5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 
-8 ounces tomato sauce
-8 garlic cloves minced
-2 shallots minced
-8 ounces of tomatoes, diced (8 oz = 1/2 pound = about 2 tomatoes.)
-1 1/2 pounds of scallops.
And the rest of the ingredient list:
-1 cup dry white wine
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-2 tablespoons fresh parsley
-2 tablespoons fresh basil
In the recipe I get a kick out of step #2: DO NOT BURN THE GARLIC -- If you do, Start Again. Yikes.
Step #8 was thrown in there just for me: Meanwhile -- have a glass of wine and continue on.
It's a Bordeaux Blanc that has been chillin on my wine rack for quite sometime now. As I inhaled I noticed the sweet aroma right away, but the taste was rather dry with a tart finish.
I thought it worked well in the sauce.
The scallops get poured in at the very end, just 3-4 minutes prior to plating. This gives them a chance to embrace the heat from the sauce.

I paired the hearty Italian dish with a salad of crisp greens, shredded carrots, goat cheese and loads of Avocado.The sauce packs just the right amount of fiery kick to keep you coming back for more. And the best part? Leftovers!!


  1. wow nice work -that sauce looks amazing!

  2. I <3 fra diavolo. Definitely making this one!

  3. That looks yummy! Got enough garlic there?! I love garlic, even if it leaves a funny aftertaste in the mouth for hours afterwards. I think it would be too spicy for me, though...

  4. That looks great. I can't handle spicy sauces, but I love me some scallops. I've burned garlic many times. I never start over though. I'm too lazy.

  5. I love scallops and spice! Very nice!

  6. I am such a pansy when it comes to spicy sauces--but I'm getting better!

    I love Step 8. I frequently insert that step in my recipes, too. :)

  7. The scallops sound terrific with this delicious and flavorful sauce!

  8. Those scallops are making my mouthwater!! When am I getting an invite for dinner again???

  9. I am terrified of burning garlic because every recipe I read warns me against doing it! So I usually chicken out and use garlic powder instead, which is why my food tastes the way it does.

    I am seriously impressed with your cooking skills! This looks delicious!

  10. OOookay..scallops, spicy sauce, avocado, feta...pretty much all my favorite things. I am drooling!!

  11. ha. i'm constantly afraid of burning garlic. that would've made me paranoid too. now i'm afraid i don't cook it long enough...

    lisa loves spicy food so we'll have to try this one.

    nice looking scallops, cc!