Scallops with Apple Gastrique

Leo Bushey III

The Hartford Club - Hartford, CT

Apples appeared in every course at chef Leo Bushey’s Connecticut Apple Harvest Dinner at the Beard House, including this perfectly balanced sea scallop dish.


4 to 6 servings


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 medium golden beets, washed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium red beets, washed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 pint Brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed
  • 16 to 24 dry sea scallops
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Bring cider to a quick boil and then to a very slow simmer. Reduce until it becomes syrupy. While still warm, strain through a coffee filter. Allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread the golden and red beets and potatoes on a sheet pan and toss with 2 tablespoons of the canola oil to coat. Roast until almost tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and roast for 10 more minutes, until potatoes and beets are tender and Brussels sprouts are still a little crunchy.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in the pan and sear the scallops until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. (Don’t move the scallops once they are placed in the pan or they will not form a nice crust.)

To serve, place the potatoes and Brussels sprouts in the center of the plate, top with 4 scallops, and spoon the cider gastrique around.