Red Chile Scallops with Cool Mango-Mint Salsa

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First rubbed with Red Chile Rub, then topped with a sweet mango salsa, these scallops are like yin and yang, a perfect balance between cool and spicy. When served, the scallops should look like they have been dusted with confetti, so when making the salsa, be sure to finely dice all of the vegetables.


Equipment: Cast Iron Grid
Set the EGG for direct cooking with the Cast Iron Grid.
Preheat the EGG to 500 degrees F.


Mango-Mint Salsa:
3/4 cup diced fresh mango
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound large sea scallops (12)
2 tablespoons Red Chile Rub (see recipe)


Using a wooden spoon, combine the mango, bell pepper, red onion, scallions, mint, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and stir well. Set aside.

Season the scallops generously with the chile rub and place on the Grid. Close the lid of the EGG and grill the scallops for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and lightly cooked. Transfer the scallops to a platter.

To assemble the dish, place 3 scallops on each plate and top with 1/4 cup of the salsa. Serve immediately.

Louisiana-style Hot Sauce

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This sauce is seriously hot! Recipe by Mike Stines, Ph.B.


1/2 cup diced habanero and birdseye chiles
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt


Rinse the chiles under cold water to remove any dirt and pat dry. Cut the stems off of the chilis and finely dice (remove seeds if desired). Place the chiles and vinegar in a two-quart non-aluminum saucepan. Add the salt and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the chiles for five minutes. Transfer the liquid to a food processor and blend until smooth. (Be careful not to inhale the fumes during processing!)

Pour the sauce into a sterilized bottle and refrigerate for at least three weeks, inverting and shaking every few days, to develop its full flavor. (If refrigerated, this sauce will keep for about three months.)

Asian Shrimp Salsa with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Wonton Chips

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This recipe features PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur in a vinaigrette that could be used on a variety of salads. For more recipes, visit



½ lb. medium shrimp, cooked and peeled

1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

1 shallot, peeled and chopped

1 medium tomato, cored and chopped

1 green onion, chopped

¼ cup chopped cilantro


3 tablespoons PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Vegetable oil for frying

Half a package of square wonton skins (about 20 skins)


Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.

Put the shrimp, jalapeño, shallot, tomato, green onion, and cilantro into a wide shallow bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, make the wonton chips. Pour oil into a stir-fry pan to a depth of 1 ½ inches and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F. While the oil is heating, line a plate with two layers of paper towels.

Cut the wonton skins into triangles. Working in batches, fry the skins, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden brown (about one minute per batch). Drain on paper towels.

Serve the salsa with the chips on the side.

Adzhiga Salsa

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The ingredients of this specialty from Russia are similar to the 
traditional Mexican pico de gallo salsa with the exception that celery
replaces tomatoes and dill is added. Georgians spread it thickly onto a
piece of lavash (Georgian bread) and wolf it down no matter how many
chiles are added to it. Please note that this recipe requires advance
preparation, as the adzhiga tastes better when it's served 1 to 3 days
after making.


10 cloves garlic
2 celery stalks, including leaves, chopped
5 red or green serrano or jalapeño chiles, seeds and stems removed chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 cups fresh dill, chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt


Combine the garlic, celery, chiles, bell peppers, dill, and cilantro in 
a food processor. Using the pulse mode, puree gently until the
ingredients form a coarse paste. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir
in the vinegar and salt. Cover and let stand overnight.

Hungarian Hot Paprika Sauce

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Although paprika is more often used in stews than sauces, this sauce was 
designed as a condiment for fish. Traditionally, it is served over fried
fillets of river fish.


2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon minced onion
2 to 3 teaspoons hot paprika
Hint of nutmeg


Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour, salt, and pepper and stir 
constantly until it starts to bubble. Gradually add the milk, stirring
constantly until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and
continue to stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion, nutmeg, and paprika
to the mixture, stir well for 30 seconds, and serve.