i actually really like cooking by request… meaning someone wants to eat a particular protein or veg and i cater to that craving.
last night, i had a friend that wanted some scallops. i had never cooked scallops before but was optimistic and excited. they are one of my favorite items to order.
one of my cookbooks had this recipe on the cover and i’ve been dying to try it: scallops with a mint pea puree.yum!
scallops seem scary… but they were so easy and quick! i recommend this recipe to everyone!
scallops with a mint pea puree
- 2 c. fresh or frozen English peas
- 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh mint
- 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1/ 4 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 3 1/2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Large pinch of paprika
- 10 large sea scallops (about 12 ounces)
fill a small pan with a couple of inches of water. bring to a boil, add the peas, and cook until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes for fresh peas, about one minute for frozen. OR cook to packaged directions (mine were microwaveable & worked great!.
place the peas in a blender and add the mint, garlic, salt, 1/2 Tbsp butter, and pepper to taste. blend until smooth. keep warm.
in a medium-heavy sauté pan, heat the butter over medium-high heat. add the lemon juice and paprika. when the butter begins to foam, add the scallops. cook for 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through and each side is golden to amber brown on top. until firm.
spoon the pea puree into two shallow sop dishes, creating a bed, the place the seared scallops on top and serve. i added a little sprig of mint for fun & garnish.