Living in the Baja life is typically pretty laid back, super casual & really social! Sure, we have stuff to do & the same responsibilities as everyone else, work, kids, school etc but overall we`re not quite as tied to strict routines as many. Playdates don`t need to be scheduled weeks in advance, friends & neighbors stop by unannounced, impromptu carne asada`s happen often. It`s just kind of how we roll & it`s pretty awesome. Now on the other hand every once in awhile we do end up with something a little more formal. Nothing crazy like having to trade flip flops for dress shoes or anything but for example maybe distant relatives visiting who are old school north east & a bit more proper or uptight. The ones who aren`t invited to stay with you but mandatory to get together once while they`re in town. I think you know what I mean. The ones you need to fool so they don`t go home & start with the gossip & gab about our crazy or misguided life in Mexico.
Well, this simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is perfect for such occasions or when you feel like you should step it up a little. What I have for you are Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas. The perfect starter with a sophisticated feel they`re elegant, luscious & purely delectable but so quick & easy it`s ridiculous. Tender, juicy scallops with a spicy rub on a bed of buttery minty sweet pea puree. The flavors & contrasts are pretty incredible & just work so well together. I served this as a 1st course, followed by my Simply Velvet Cream of Mushroom Soup & a Dijon Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib of Pork. Yep, totally fooled them!!
Here`s all you`ll need for your Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas:
Sea Scallops- 12 dried thoroughly
Blackened Seasoning-optional or simply S & P but I like the spice
Green Sweet Peas- 1 12oz bag
Butter- 2 Tablespoons
Fresh Mint- 10 medium-large leaves
Sprouts or micro greens
S & P to taste
Doesn`t look too complicated does it but such a great match.Dry your scallops really well & season. Look for “Dry Packed“ scallops (no chemical additives) as some are dipped in a chemical solution to retain moisture & increase shelf life. I used my Blackened Seasoning recipe for a little spice but a little salt & pepper will work perfectly.If you happen to be lucky enough to have fresh peas by all means use them. Your cooking time will just be a little longer. I didn`t so I used a bag of frozen. Still totally delish, sweet & creamy. Add the peas to a sauce pan & cover with water. Bring to a boil & cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain well.To the peas add your butter & mint leaves. I used an immersion blender but a food processor or regular blender will work beautifully. Puree until smooth, taste & adjust seasoning as needed. Heat a skillet with splash of olive oil over medium high heat. When really hot but not quite smoking add the scallops. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until nicely seared. Super easy right. That`s it, your ready to plate.Place a couple of spoonfuls of your puree on a plate. Add 3 scallops to the bed of sweet peas. Garnish with the sprouts or micro greens.
Serve & enjoy your Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Sweet Peas!