40 Minute Family Meal: Seared Scallops, Broccoli Puree, and Beet, Arugula, Goat Cheese, Tangerine Salad

Img_9723Scallops are the rich convenience food of the millenium. While the big, wild ones (like the luscious U-10s) are not so great for the environment, the smaller farmed bay scallops are a good bet. They’re protein. They’re rich. You can sear them up super fast, which means a near instant in-house date night with a sense of luxury. We cooked the big ones (shame on us; it won’t be repeated) this week in a hot pan. Topped with bacon butter, and served on a bed of cauliflower puree with a nice, bright beet and arugula salad, it felt like a restaurant meal at home.

sear over high heat in a pan with butter and olive oil with salt and pepper

Pureed Cauliflower
Steam a big head, until tender. Blitz in a food processor. Add a few tablespoons butter plus salt and pepper to taste.

Beet and Arugula Salad
Roast 5 or so beets at 350 in a roasting pan with a splash of water.

Cut the greens off (you can save these and blanch and sautee and use as a side dish, in a pasta sauce, or on pizza another time). Roast for 30 minutes or so until tender. Peel with a paper towel. Salt them, add a splash of vinegar.

Serve with arugula, dressed with the juice of a seasonal orangey citrus, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.


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4 Responses to 40 Minute Family Meal: Seared Scallops, Broccoli Puree, and Beet, Arugula, Goat Cheese, Tangerine Salad

  1. Crumbs says:

    You let me know if you’re marriage doesn’t work out – I would love to sit down to your cooking. :)

  2. I love the idea of cauliflower puree. It’s my favorite veggie but I normally roast it. You’ve made the puree sound so easy, though, that I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

  3. Vanessa says:

    well now that looks good. I love the big ones. I’ll be sad to be a good doobie and eat the small ones. I think you should make the bay scallops and take a picture of them just to inspire us to be good and use them instead. ;-)

  4. Crumbs says:

    I can never bring myself to buy and eat cauliflower, but your picture made me want to try! Just made it tonight (with a wee bit of parsley and cooked onions)
    Mmmmm, that is going to be a staple in my house from now on!

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