French tarragon that grows in abundance in our yard. It's like growing mint, in that it can take over your garden. Tarragon is an interesting herb. It dies off in the cold winter months, and then comes back in the spring-- like gangbusters. It's an herb that doesn't seem to be used as often as thyme or oregano. It has a distinct but subtle note of licorice, and not nearly as pungent as fennel-- and I'm not a fan of fennel. But tarragon, I love! It pairs beautifully with chicken or seafood. It's also what turns a hollandaise into a Bernaise sauce-- one of my favorite sauces of all. I digress... back to how quickly this recipe is made:
Norpro Cherry Pitter. I finally put the gadget together and I was surprised at how much I liked it. You need about 2 cups of pitted cherries, quartered. I was scaling the recipe down for just the two of us, so I eye-balled about a cup of cherries.
here). Simply season with sea salt and pepper...
...turn and sear 2-3 minutes more.
Remove to a plate, and cover with foil. I like to keep these warm in the oven, that I've preheated to WARM.
Add the shallots (in this case, I had to use onion) and cook till tender, 2-3 minutes.
Instead of using rice vinegar, I added a generous splash of white wine to deglaze the pan. Then I added about 1/4 cup of low-sodium chicken stock and the cherries. I simply let the sauce reduce for about 5-7 minutes...
...then added about 1 generous Tablespoon of chopped tarragon, and let the sauce cook for about a minute longer.
I served this with Yellow Rice and a chilled glass of vino.
TASTING NOTES: The scallops were as tender as I could have hoped for. The sweet and very slight tartness of the Bing cherries worked really well with the tarragon. Other than a duck with a cherry sauce, this is the first time I've used this fruit in a savory dish. This dish is fancy and impressive enough for a dinner party. It's super easy to make. My husband was very appreciative and pleased. So was I! I would definitely make this dish again, and I might try this using rice vinegar-- as the original recipe included. But, I need to do it before cherry season is gone!
A printable recipe card is at the end of this post.