Scallops for two …

As one of my wedding gifts, I had received this cook-book from one of our friends – “Cooking for Two” by Jessica Strand. A lot of the recipes in that book use some very interesting and rare ingredients, but there are some which are cook-able in a regular day-to-day kitchen. I had my eye on the scallops recipe for a while – mostly because it is simple, quick and required very few ingredients. So the last time I visited my local Japanese market, I picked a few scallops and this morning cooked them.

They look so beautiful … I dont even feel like eating them 🙂

Ingredients:
1.5 cups green peas (fresh or frozen)
2 tblsp mint leaves
1 tsp garlic – minced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 large pinch paprika
12 sea scallops
Salt
Butter

Method:
1. Defrost the frozen peas and cook them in boiling water for 5 minutes on gas or microwave. 5 minutes is enough, we dont want to fully cook them.
2. Place the cooked peas, mint leaves, garlic and salt in a blender and puree. Set aside
3. In a large pan, heat the butter. Add lemon juice and paprika. Once the butter is melted, place the scallops and cook them until brown on both sides. It required about 3-4 minutes on each side on my hot-grill/plate. Do this on medium heat so that they slowly get cooked from inside and brown on outside.
4. In a plate, spoon the puree and prepare a bed and place the cooked scallops, garnish with some mint and serve!

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~ by kharasmithaas on February 18, 2010.

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