Wild Sea Scallops, Spring Pea Purée & Crispy Shallot with Charred Onion Vinaigrette
Serves 12 small plate servings
This recipe for sea scallops pairs perfectly with a fuller-bodied Chardonnay, like our Fiorella or Reserve Chardonnay. Searing the scallops adds the perfect amount of caramelization, which further enhances this delicious pairing.
Clean and thoroughly dry the scallops. Season with salt and pepper. In a nonstick pan on medium to high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place the scallops in the pan evenly spaced, let cook for 3 – 4 minutes without moving or turning them. Flip the scallops and finish cooking 1 – 3 minutes.
For service, lay down about 2 tablespoons of pea purée, then two scallops, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon charred onion vinaigrette and top with crispy shallot.
Spring Pea Purée
In a saucepan, bring the stock up to a simmer. Add the yellow onion, bay leaf and garlic to the stock and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the peas, blanch for 5 minutes. Strain, reserve the stock. Shock the pea and onion mixture immediately in ice water. When completely cool, strain the mixture. Remove the bay leaf and purée in a blender. Add the zest and juice from one lemon. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Adjust consistency with reserved stock from blanching.
Heat olive oil to 375 degrees in a shallow pan, oil should be at least 1 inch deep. Combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Toss the shallots in the flour, coat completely in flour removing any excess. Carefully drop the shallots into the hot oil. Cook until crispy. Remove from oil and season with salt and pepper.