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Seared Whangamata Scallops, Pear & Vanilla Puree, Snow Pea Tendrils and Chorizo Oil

pears and scallops recipe

Serves 4

32 fresh Whangamata or sea scallops, cleaned

Pear and Vanilla Puree
2 Anjou pears, peeled, cored and diced into pieces of equal size
100 ml (3.5 ounces) dry white wine
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 bay leaf
Pinch salt

Chorizo oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
50 g (1 3/4 ounces) chorizo sausage
150 ml (5 ounces) canola or vegetable oil
150 ml (5 ounces) olive oil
Fresh snow pea tendrils

To make the pear puree, place the ingredients in a non reactive saucepan and simmer over medium low heat until the pears are soft. Remove the vanilla bean pod and bay leaf, strain off the liquid and set aside. Puree the pears in a blender using the cooking liquid to make a smooth puree and achieve the proper consistency, slightly thinner than ketchup.

To make the chorizo oil, place the ingredients in a small pan and heat gently. Remove pan from the heat before the oil reaches a simmer. Set aside and allow to infuse. Strain when cool.

To assemble the dish, lightly season the scallops and sear in a hot pan, about 1 minute per side. Place a cluster of pea tendrils in the center of a plate and a spoonful of pear puree on either side of it. Use the back of a spoon to smear it in an irregular line from rim to rim. Arrange 4 scallops on top of each smear of puree. Drizzle all over with chorizo oil.

About Lynsey

I work with USA Pear marketing offices that work in 38 countries all over the world: from Latin America to the Middle East, from Europe to Southeast Asia and places in between, our representatives serve markets on every continent except Antarctica. I love the opportunity to practice my Spanish and pick up new phrases in other languages (even if it’s just the basics of “hello,” “goodbye,” “thank you” and of course “pear”: pera, birne, гру́ша [GROO-sha], and more to come). I’ll be sharing highlights of the exciting and interesting activities that are taking place to promote USA Pears around the world. My favorite pear variety is Comice. Yum!

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