Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Seared Scallops With Passionfruit Sauce


 

 

Ever heard of social cooking? This is a new phenomenon in the world of foodies and it does sound like fun.
And this is how it works:
A small group of people get together through social networks, meet in a private department   and learn to cook by socializing and learn to socialize by cooking - as you like it.
It's all about cooking, sharing and socializing - no age, status or other differences.
I'm thinking of joining a group one of these days and will tell you about the experience - can't wait, I'm so curious already.
As summer is coming slowly to an end for us in the Southern hemisphere, I wanted to prepare a little farewell to summer dish and thought that golden browned scallops with an exotic passion fruit sauce would be perfect for this occasion.
Passion fruit is one of my summer favorites. I love its bright yellow color and wonderful aromatic flavor.
It works great in combination with fish, seafood and white meat.
*Tip: When buying fresh passion fruit go for the ones that are already a bit wrinkled on the surface, these are the ripe ones, full of flavor. No Botox needed :)

For the Passion fruit sauce you need:

3 cups of fresh (or frozen) passion fruit pulp
2 spoonful brown sugar
1 spoonful fresh lemon zest
1\2 spoonful freshly grated ginger
1 spoonful slightly salted, very cold butter, cut in cubes
 
 Method:

Slice the fruit in half, spoon out the pulp and strain in a non-aluminum sieve and with the help of a spoon press to extract juice.

 Place juice in a medium pan, heat over medium heat and stir in brown sugar, lemon zest and grated ginger.

Bring to a quick boil, reduce haet and let simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes or until juice is reduced by half and has slightely thickened.
Turn off heat and stir in the ice cold butter cubes until sauce is glossy.


For the seared scallops you need:3 cups of scallops, rinsed with cold water and patted dry
3 spoonful olive oil
1 spoonful butter
1 spoonful chopped parsley
Instructions:
Remove the tough abductor muscle from the side of each scallop (some scallops are sold with the muscle already removed).
Season scallops with salt and pepper.
In a small skillet heat oilve oil and butter.
When hot add scallops and let sear over high heat until brown and crisp, then turn using tongs and sear until the other side is golden brown.

Transfer on a warm serving dish and cover to keep them hot.
Sprinkle with choppedparsley and serve with hot passion fruit sauce.
Serves about 4p.
Enjoy!








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46 comments:

  1. They look so good, and the presentations are gorgeous.

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  2. I wish, wish, wish we could get passion fruit here. I always look in the frozen section at the Asian grocery and have yet to find them. These look great, Daniella!

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    1. I have tasted ripe passion fruits and I love it. Now that you have shown how to make the sauce, it sounded very tasty and yummy. I bring greetings from Malaysia.
      http://chingchailah.blogspot.com/

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    2. Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for stopping by, glad you liked the passion fruit sauce.
      Greetings from Peru :)

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  3. I love passion fruit! Hard to find in much of the US, though, and expensive when you do. But I sometimes see it frozen in Asian and Mexican markets. Anyway, this looks terrific -- and I've never combined passion fruit with scallops. But I will. ;-)

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    1. Hi John,
      I didn't know that it is hard to find fresh passion fruit in the US but the frozen pulp will do fine for nearly all kind of preparations.
      I was a bit skeptical too about combining fruit sauce with seafood when I first tried it in a restaurant, but it turned out delicious.

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  4. My home state loves to combine seafood with fruit sauces, especially the ones made from passion fruit. This dish looks simply scrumptious, Daniela!

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    1. Hi Denise,
      How nice to know that this is a combination that reminds you of your home state in Brazil. Food there must be delicious, the combination of fruity salsas with seafood or meat is so amazing.

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  5. I have never heard of social cooking but it sounds like an awesome idea! This looks so yummy!

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      social cooking is a new trend and I must try it, it really sounds interesting.
      Cheers.

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  6. I love love scallops! They look delicious!

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    1. Hi Katerina,
      welocome to the scalopp Fan Club:)

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  7. Exotic and delightful flavors! Love seared sweet and delicious scallops and will have to find more about social cooking, I doubt if they have that here in HK as no one cooks , they go out to eat or have helpers that cook. I am the odd ball that loves to cook here in HK. LOL

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    1. Hi Bobbie,
      Social Cooking has become a world wide movement, I think there is a good chance to find one in HK.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. That sounds like so much fun!! And what an elegant meal you made!

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  9. I love, love scallops and these look so delicious with this sauce! What a lovely dish!

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    1. Welcome to the scallop lovers club, Amy.
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed this preparation.

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  10. Me encanta cuando se le pone el toque dulzón a las comidas, sin duda con las conchitas debe quedar buenísimo el maracuyá.

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    1. Hola Nydia,
      es cierto, el agrícola dulce aroma del maracuya combina muy bien con mariscos.

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  11. A cooking group sounds like a lot of fun. And your scallops are gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Beth,
      I will let yo un know about the experience after joining o e of the se cooking groups. I'm already so curious.

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  12. How elegant and gorgeous! The scallops and passionfruit sauce sound perfect together. I am anxious to hear about your social adventure - please share!

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    1. Hi Tricia,
      thank you so much for this sweet feedback and I will of course share the experience of social cooking with you. I'm already very curious about it.

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  13. I can never turn down scallops! This looks fantastic. The passionfruit sauce sounds great with them.

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      so nice to hear that we share the love for scallops, they have such a delicate flavor.
      Cheers.

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  14. Looks amazing. I love what you did with the plating.

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    1. Hi Lilith,
      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the plating.

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  15. I am just convinced, I am addicted to scallops.

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  16. What a lovely presentation and I am very sure these scallops are very tasty.

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  17. OMG Daniela, these scallops sound and look so good...I love the passion fruit sauce...when living in Brazil, passion fruit was everywhere...we always had fresh passion fruit juice...
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post and that the recipe brought sweet souvenirs from Brazil.
      Cheers.

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  18. Hi Daniela! This is absolutamente delicious!! Me encanta el passion fruit ! el plato se ve delicioso!!!
    un abrazo!
    gloria

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    1. Hi Gloria,
      Thank you so much, so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post.

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  19. this is so delicious...we could not stop drooling over those delicious seared scallops....perfect match with this gorgeous passion fruit sauce...love the fruity,sweet-sour twist in it...makes this dish taste so much more refreshing...a winner,thanks :-)

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    1. Thank you so much my friends for this sweet comment, I truly appreciate it.
      Have a great day!

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  20. Looks delicious. Loved the presentation..

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  21. What a beautiful dish! I love both scallops and passion fruit...never thought of combining the two. I am so inspired to try this combo:-)

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    1. Actually it makes a heavenly combination. Passion fruit idn't that sweet, so ist works very well with seafood.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. Liebe Daniela, Jakobsmuscheln sind immer etwas ganz Besonderes - ein wenig schwierig richtig gute hier zu bekommen. Dein Gericht mit der Passionsfruchtsauce sieht elegant und wunderbar lecker aus!
    Liebe Grüße aus dem sehr sonnigen Bonn,
    Andrea

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  23. I like the contrasting sweetness of the passion fruit sauce with the scallops- the passion fruit sauce looks almost like gelatine!

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  24. Wow - this is definitely a dish I can't wait to make, Daniella - I love scallops, but have never had passion fruit other than in juice form. I just saw that they are regularly available in out Mexican market. I will write back when I have tried them - although it may not happen till July when we are back from Austria and Germany!

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