Inspired by Food52's TASTEFOOD's amazing recipe with a gingered puree. I used fresh herbs in the puree and mini scallops, which we already had on hand. (This would be ideal with jumbo sea scallops) Topped with a fresh parsley gremolata made for a beautiful eye-pleasing dinner. I reduced the ingredients for the gremolata as it made quite a lot. Easy to prepare for a week night date night! The texture and balance of flavor was a party in my mouth! For a extra *umph* add crumbled crispy pancetta on top. Can't go wrong —Stacy
Scallops and Herb Pea Puree
fresh shelled peas, or frozen peas
garlic clove, minced
minced herbs such as mint, basil, chervil, or tarragon
vegetable broth or water
fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
jumbo/diver sea scallops or 3/4-1 lb of mini scallops
For the Pea Puree: Heat oil in pan on med-low. Cook shallots and garlic for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic!
Add the peas and broth/water. Bring to a simmer on med-high then reduce to medium-low. Cover and cook until peas are tender, 5-8 minutes. For frozen peas 3-4 minutes until bright green.
Transfer all ingredients into a blender and puree until desired puree consistency. I prefer a most rustic puree, not as smooth. So feel free to blend as much or as little as you want. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste. Add EVOO if you want a thinner-richer consistency. Place in a heated bowl and set aside to stay warm.
For the Scallops: Pat and dry scallops. Season generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a dry pan until HOT (med-high). Add scallops a few at a time, in batches; avoid crowding the pan. Sear, turning once, until golden brown on each side; 2-4 minutes per side for jumbo scallops. 2-3 minutes for mini scallops. Transfer to a plate and finish the rest of the batch.
For the Gremolata: Combine all gremolata ingredients including salt and pepper into a food processor to combine. You can add additional 1/2-1 clove of garlic as desired.
To assemble: Portion out the warmed puree onto large plates. Arrange the scallops on top of the puree. Lightly sprinkle with gremolata (and crispy pancetta). Finish off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Option - Pancetta: Heat oven to 375F. Place pancetta on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool before crumbling.