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Scallops with Cauliflower Mustard Purée

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    Here’s a meal worthy of a fine dining establishment. Grainy mustard is a whole seed-laced version of the condiment and is also often labelled “Dijon.” It comes in a range of heat levels from mild to nose-clearing. It adds texture and verve to mashed and puréed vegetables. Removing as much moisture as possible from scallops is the key to achieving a good sear.

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    1 head cauliflower
    1/2 cup (125 mL) 2% milk
    3 Tbsp (45 mL) white wine
    1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) grainy mustard
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 shallot, minced
    2 tsp (10 mL) fresh thyme
    1 tsp (5 mL) fennel seeds
    1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
    1/4 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
    1 cup (250 mL) shelled frozen edamame
    1 lb (450 g) sea scallops
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) grapeseed or extra-virgin olive oil
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped chives

    Place florets of cauliflower in steamer basket and steam until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to food processor container along with milk, wine, mustard, garlic, shallot, thyme, fennel seeds, lemon zest, and salt. Blend until smooth and set aside.

    Prepare edamame according to package directions.

    Rinse scallops with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place scallops in pan and allow them to cook undisturbed until browned and crisp on one side, about 2 minutes. Gently flip scallops and sear for another 2 minutes.

    Spread equal amounts of cauliflower purée on serving plates and top with scallops, edamame, and chives.

    Serves 4.

    Each serving contains: 292 calories; 32 g protein; 9 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 19 g total carbohydrates (6 g sugars, 7 g fibre); 520 mg sodium

    from "Cooking with Mustard", alive #365, March 2013

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