Sea Scallops with Ham-Braised Cabbage and Kale

214 mins (prep 60)
17 ingredients
makes 6 servings
This dish — the result of a conversation between two food editors who had just returned from opposite parts of the country — almost made itself. Paul Grimes came back from Charleston talking about the creamy stone-ground grits, shrimp, and collard greens of chef Kevin Johnson at Anson, and Kemp Minifie returned from Seattle to tell us about the scallops over braised cabbage with foie gras vinaigrette that Johnathan Sundstrom serves at Lark. We loved the idea of both dishes so much, we met somewhere in between, with this simpler recipe.

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  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 turkish or 1/2 california bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 large head savoy cabbage (2 to 2 1/2 pounds), quartered, cored, and coarsely chopped (12 cups loosely packed)
  • ham stock including meat
  • 1 1/4 pounds tender green kale (1 large bunch), stems and center ribs cut out and discarded and leaves coarsely chopped (12 cups loosely packed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 30 large sea scallops (2 to 2 1/2 pounds total), tough muscle removed from side of each if necessary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • accompaniment: creamy stone-ground grits


Serving Size (248.0 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 253.08 Calories from Fat 123.21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.69g 126.37%
Saturated Fat 1.79g 53.81%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 430.2mg 107.55%
Total Carbohydrate 19.19g 38.38%
Dietary Fiber 6.72 g 161.25%
Sugars 5.61 g %
Protein 6.35g 76.19%
Vitamin A 9442.8IU% Vitamin C 120.3mg%
Calcium 199.06mg% Iron 2.38mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large, or, finely chopped garlic, savoy cabbage, large sea scallops, fresh lemon juice, stone-ground grits, accompaniment


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