La Vie Dansante Wines

Hazelnut Crusted Scallops – Aubade

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Tender scallops crusted with a crispy mixture of panko and chopped hazelnuts in a cream sauce based on our Overture White Cuvee. A flavor combination sure to make you close your eyes and sigh.


  • 5 tablespoon butter, divided into 4 and 1.
  • 1/2 cup of La Vie Dansante’s 2015 White Blend
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound sea or bay scallops, drained
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts


Preheat oven to 375°.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet.  Stir in wine, whipping cream, thyme, salt and pepper.  Add scallops, turning to coat. Remove from heat.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small bowl in the microwave, and stir in panko and nuts. Sprinkle mixture over scallops to form crust.

Place skillet into oven and bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Serve with roasted vegetables and buttered pasta.

This recipe was adapted from Coastal Living magazine.