30 minute seared scallops over kale with spinach and kale puree

30 minute seared scallops over kale with spinach and kale puree

When it comes to serving a plate, presentation is very important to me.  Even when I’m cooking for myself I absolutely love a nicely plated dish.  I know it’s completely in my head but a beautiful plate taste better.
For a quick dish that’s healthy with tons of flavor, seared scallops are always top on my list.  

Ingredients:

1lb sea scallops
6 cups of kale chopped
1/2  medium onion
1 cup carrots shredded
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs unsalted butter
sea salt
pepper
pinch of cayenne

Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic, onion and carrots and  saute for 2 minutes.  Add the kale, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and cayenne.  Let simmer on low for 10 minutes.

In another pan, heat  1tbls olive oil and tbs butter.  Using a paper towel, completely dry the scallops, add sea salt and pepper.  Once the oil and butter is very hot (wait until you see a bit of smoke) add the scallops.  Don’t overcrowd the pan, or the pan won’t stay hot enough to give the scallops a good sear.

Tip: Once you’ve placed the scallops in the pan, don’t move the scallops around the pan, this will prevent them from forming a nice brown crust.  Once the scallops have formed a crust on the underside, flip and repeat on the opposite side.

Puree
2 cups spinach
1 cup kale
1/2 tomato chopped
3/4 cup red onion chopped
1tbls parsley
1tsp olive oil
3/4 cup chicken broth heated
sea salt
pepper

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion, spinach and kale.  Saute for 3 minutes and add the tomato and parsley, salt and pepper.  Saute for an additional 3 minutes.

Add the saute to a blender along with the chicken broth and puree.

Serve with the scallops over the kale with the puree drizzle.

Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  1. December 5, 2013 / 5:20 am

    I LOVE scallops! Now I must have some! Great recipe!

  2. December 5, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    You're not crazy. Beautifully plated food DOES taste better! Eating should be a pleasurable experience that excites all the senses! Otherwise it becomes a chore and who wants that?! This LOOKS so delicious I can almost taste and smell it! Great job!

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