Scallops with Cauliflower purée and Asparagus on a cauliflower bed served to impress your family and friends
Jumbo sea scallops (about 10)
1 small cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch asparagus
2-4 tbs snipped fresh chives
1/2 c Greek yogurt
1/2 tbs butter
Olive oil spray
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large stockpot of water to boil. Add chopped cauliflower and whole cloves of garlic. Simmer until cauliflower is fork-tender. Drain and remove from heat, mash with a fork until cauliflower and garlic are completely pureed. Add chives and Greek yogurt, stir to incorporate.
Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spray or drizzle asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until just done and still crisp.
Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat butter until foam subsides. Season scallops on both sides with seasoning salt. Place scallops in a pan and do not move until they can be moved freely (not sticking at all). Turnover and remove from heat. The heat of the pan will continue to cook until perfect.
To serve, mound approx 1 c cauliflower puree in the center of the plate. Top with asparagus spears, then scallops. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.
Source: Amanda VDL Mills