The holidays are about decadence. I made this recipe for the first time over the Christmas holidays. I was actually slated to make it on Christmas day. But Michael had bought me an iPad for Christmas, and it felt so good to be in my jammies. I was feeling so indulged, I went for broke: “You mind if I don’t make anything today? I really just want to sit here all day and soak up Christmas.” To which Michael replied in true Michael style, “Of course not. Enjoy yourself. See how easy that was?”

It was very easy. I made this recipe a couple days later, and we basked in Christmas goodness one last time for the year.

I found this recipe on Epicurious, and don’t think I changed a thing. It is perfection.

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large shallot, minced
1/3 cup Calvados
1 cup heavy whipping cream
16 large sea scallops, patted dry
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh unfiltered apple juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 9-ounce bag spinach leaves

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot; stir 30 seconds. Add Calvados (brandy may ignite); boil 30 seconds. Add cream; boil 2 minutes. Transfer sauce base to bowl. (Sauce base can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Preheat oven to 300°F. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in another large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add 8 scallops.

Cook until brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining scallops. Add apple juice and thyme to hot skillet. Boil 1 minute, scraping up brown bits. Add sauce base; bring to boil. Remove from heat.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add spinach; toss until barely wilted and still bright green, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using tongs, mound spinach in center of 8 plates, dividing equally.

Arrange 2 scallops on spinach on each plate. Pour any collected juices from baking sheet into sauce in skillet. Boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; spoon over scallops.

I served this with seasoned haricots verts.

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