Scallops With Cauliflower and Potato Puree

“I heard about this recipe from my cousin who got it from her newspaper, originally from 'Cooking Light'. She made it and said it was delicious. I haven't made it yet because scallops are too pricey for my pocketbook right now. According to my cousin and the reviews I read, this is much easier to make than it looks. The picture of the recipe shows tarragon veggies as a side, that's the way the recipe read in her newspaper, and makes for a very pretty presentation. so I've also included that recipe here. This recipe did not specify fresh or dried tarragon. Since it only calls for 1 tsp, I assumed it would be dried, but then it says 'chopped' and one does not need to chop dried tarragon. If you don't have fresh tarragon, I'd start with just a pinch of dried and taste from there. I'm posting it here for safe-keeping.”
4 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the cauliflower / potato puree: Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil,in a saucepan, cover, reduce heat and simmer 6 minute or until potato is tender.
  2. Remove from heat, uncover and let stand 10 minute Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat, add oil, swirl around pan to coat. Pat scallops dry, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of the salt, and all of the black pepper, and 1/4 tsp of the red pepper.Sear scallops and cook until done, remove from pan. Drain 1/2 of the water from cauliflower / potato mixture, pour into blender, add remainder of salt, and red pepper,and blend until smooth. Divide among plates, and top with about 4 scallops each. Equally divide and place tarragon veggies on the side.
  3. For the Tarragon Vegetables:
  4. Place sugar snap peas and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, cook 2 minutes. Add carrots and butter, cover and cook another 2 minutes, Stir in tarragon, mustard, vinegar and salt. Serve as a side dish.
  5. Note: According to 'Cookin Light', the yield is about 1/2 cup of puree and 4 scallops per person for 4 servings, and also 4 servings for the veggies. Also, the recipe didn't specify exactly where to put the red pepper, so I divided it, but you may put it where-ever you like.

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