Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil.
Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil.Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. In this house we are mad for scallops and mad for Chorizo so If I ever see scallops at a good price we have them for a treat. For this recipe it was my husband's birthday dinner starter so he chose the ingredients. The previous week we had fish and he made a minted pea puree to go with it. The colour and taste was amazing so we put all of our favourite things together. This dish might look complicated but it is very easy  and would make an impressive main or starter for a dinner party as the peas and Chorizo can be cooked in advance and kept warm. We normally have lemon and pepper mint growing in the garden but it is only just an inch high in March so reluctantly I bought fresh mint. You could use frozen or mint sauce if you have it. Chop it finely. Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil. The next step is cooking frozen peas! Boil for a few minutes until tender then drain and blend with the mint, creme fraiche and salt. You can add some cooking liquid or more creme fraiche if you want it thinner and make it as smooth or chunky as you like. Set aside. Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil. Chop some Chorizo into small cubes and  dry fry in a pan then set aside while the scallops  are cooking. Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil. Use the oil from the Chorizo pan and some butter and heat over a medium high heat. Pat the scallops dry, season and fry for about a minute on each side. Aim for crusty on the outside but with some give when squeezed. Serve over the peas and sprinkle over the Chorizo cubes. Drizzle over some truffle oil too if you like. Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil. Scallops on peas with Chorizo....what could be better?  
Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil.
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Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo
Servings 4
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 12 cleaned scallops
  • 600 g frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 50 g Chorizo chopped
  • truffle oil optional

Instructions

  1. Cook the peas in boiling water for a few minutes until tender and drain.

  2. Blend the peas with the creme fraiche and season to taste.

  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the Chorizo until coloured then set aside.


  4. In the Chorizo pan add the butter and heat over a medium/high heat before adding the scallops for 1 minute each side.

  5. Pile the scallops over the pea puree then scatter Chorizo over. Drizzle a little truffle oil over if liked.

                         

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