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A recipe to try if you're staying in this New Year's Eve

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you like scallops, culinary expert Heidi Billotto says this recipe is a must-try.

It is perfect for the New Year because it uses a celebration staple, champagne.  The recipe follows:

SCALLOPS AND LEEKS IN CHAMPAGNE SAUCE

Recipe by Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

hlnc@carolina.rr.com

4 leeks, white part only

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. minced shallot

2/3 cup champagne

Salt and pepper

¼ cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

12-16 sea scallops

Fresh minced flat leaf parsley

Clean the leeks and cut them into a chiffonade. Sauté shallot in butter until soft, add leeks, sauté to soften just a minute or two. Season with salt and pepper, then add the champagne. Cook over medium high heat until leeks are tender and the champagne has reduced to about one half its original volume..

In another pan, Heat the olive oil until it is aromatic. Sear scallops one minute on each side. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve: Plate the leeks first, top with scallops. Add the heavy cream to finish the champagne sauce, adjust seasonings to taste and drizzle sauce over leeks and scallops.  Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh minced parsley.

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