An easy dish to prepare and cook, the scallops bathing in the puree look very pretty indeed.
TIP Buy the best scallops money can buy from a reputable fishmonger or Waitrose. You can also add shards of fried pancetta to the finished dish for a further layer of flavour.
Serves 4 as a starter
12 large scallops
1/2 small glass of dry white wine
1 mug of petit pois
1 tbs double cream
1 heaped tbs parmesan
2 good knobs of butter
a squeeze of lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
handful of parley leaves
Make the puree. Cook the peas in salted boiling water and drain.
Place in a processor along with the cheese, 1 knob of butter, the cream and lemon juice.
Whizz till very smooth, about one minute.
Scrape out the puree and spoon into a bowl.
Heat a frying pan with the oil and the rest of the butter. When foaming, add the scallops and do not disturb for a minute. Turn them over, fry for a further 30 seconds and then pour in the wine. Let it evaporate and turn the heat off immediately.
Heat the puree in the microwave or a small pan till simmering, spoon into bowls, place three scallops on top of the puree in each bowl, scatter with a few chopped parsley leaves and finish with the black pepper.
Serve with the award winning Altos R Pigeage Blaanco 2017 (available from laithwaites.co.uk)