Seared Scallops with Mint, Peas & Bacon
TOTAL TIME: 22 MINUTES
700 g scallops
Freshly ground black pepper
85 g bacon, cut into 1 cm strips
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped, divided
Pat scallops dry with paper towel and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
Bring 1 cup water to the boil in a small saucepan. Add peas and ½ tsp salt and cook until the peas are bright green and tender, about 2 minutes for fresh and 4 minutes for frozen. Drain the peas through a strainer and reserve the cooking liquid.
Puree lemon juice, ⅛ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp pepper and the remaining peas with ½ cup of the reserved pea cooking liquid in a blender. Add in olive oil and puree until smooth. Add 2 tbsp mint leaves and puree until just combined but pieces of mint are still visible. Divide the pea puree among 4 plates.
Heat frying pan until it is nearly smoking with the fat from the bacon that remains in the pan. Working in batches and adding more oil if needed, sear scallops until a golden brown crust has formed, about 2 ½ minutes per side. Top pea puree with scallops and the bacon-pea mixture then sprinkle with remaining mint.