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Cornmeal Crusted Scallops with Heirloom Bean and Oregano Succotash

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Makes 6 servings.

Aromatic oregano perfectly complements the nutty, earthy flavor of heirloom black beans and lima beans in this succotash. It serves as a colorful accompaniment to cornmeal crusted scallops.

Ingredients

  1 cup dried heirloom black beans, such as Black Valentine, Black Turtle or Midnight Black Beans

  1/2 cup dried heirloom lima beans, such as Henderson's Baby Lima, Giant White Lima or Christmas Lima

  3 Tbs olive oil, divided

  1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

  1 can (8 3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

  2 Tbs lime juice

  1 1/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Oregano Leaves, Mexican

  3/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cumin, Ground

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Black Pepper, Coarse Grind

  1/4 cup cornmeal

  1 lb large sea scallops

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Directions

Soak and cook black beans and lima beans as directed on package until tender. Drain and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 1 minute or until slightly softened. Add cooked black beans and lima beans, corn, lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of the sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each of the cumin and pepper; cook 1 minute or until heated through. Spoon succotash into medium bowl. Cover to keep warm.

Mix cornmeal and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each oregano, sea salt, cumin and pepper in shallow dish. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Coat scallops in cornmeal mixture.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in same nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add scallops; cook 4 minutes or until crust is golden brown and scallops are opaque, turning once. To serve, spoon succotash onto serving plates. Arrange scallops over succotash.