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Seared Sea Scallops

Posted by Magic of Spice

Seared Sea Scallops
With Pistachio Couscous and Artichoke Puree with Mushroom Vinaigrette

What you will need:
2 cups couscous
1/4th cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/4th cup toasted and pistachios chopped
1/4th cup flat leaf parsley chopped
½ cup fresh mint chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
½ teaspoon cumin ground
1/8th teaspoon cinnamon ground

OK Ready?
In a stock pot bring your broth to a boil
Add couscous and remove from heat
Add your ginger, cumin and cinnamon
Cover and let sit about 5 minutes or until tender
Fluff with a fork
Now fold in the remaining ingredients
For artichoke puree  
2 pounds fresh (or un-marinated) artichoke hearts  
1 rib of celery or lovage
1/4th cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Here we go!
Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil
Place your artichoke hearts and celery, or lovage in until just soft
Drain and immerse in an ice bath (to stop cooking)
Puree with your oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Set aside

For the vinaigrette
1/4th pound mushrooms (I like to use Morel  or any other fragile mushroom)
¼ cup shallots minced
¼ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Splash of cream sherry
Shallots and mushrooms in a bit of butter until tender
Add vinegar, cream sherry and olive oil
Keep warm

For the scallops
1 ½ pounds of fresh sea scallops
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cream salted butter
A pinch of pepper

Now let’s get cooking:
The Scallops
Using a sauté pan over medium heat
Add your butter and oil
Once hot Place the scallops flat-side down in the hot pan (don’t crowd them)
And don’t move them!!!
Turn scallops after about 2 minutes or once they have that caramelized crust
Same for the other side

On a platter r or individual dishes
Use any green or vegetables as under garnish
Smooth on your artichoke puree  
Placing scallops on top and drizzle your vinaigrette

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