Ingredients

Salsa de Pasitas Verdes

  • 1 Ounce shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Ounce (about 3 tablespoons) blanched whole almonds
  • 1 Cup California golden raisins
  • 3 garlic cloves (3/4 ounce)
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 serrano chile, charred and peeled
  • 1 poblano chile; charred, peeled and seeded
  • 2 white anchovies (reduce to 1/2 fillet if oil cured)
  • 1/2 Cup fish or chicken broth
  • 3/4 Ounce Italian parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 crisp ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 Tablespoons almond or walnut oil
  • 8 large sea scallops, dry packed (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 bunch watercress; for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut in thin wedges; for garnish
  • Salt and pepper; for garnish

Procedure

Salsa de Pasitas Verdes

Combine pumpkin seeds, almonds, raisins, garlic, olive oil and lemon peel in saucepan. Heat oil to about 250°F and fry lightly until garlic cloves are lightly brown and softened and raisins begin to puff. Add chiles and anchovies. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Turn all into bowl of food processor and process until smooth; let stand. Add fish broth, parsley and tarragon; and process until smooth. Add lemon juice and salt. Blend, again, and adjust seasonings. Store in refrigerator.

Pears

Slice pears vertically into 1/4-inch slices; discard cores. Toss lightly with nut oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Sea Scallops

Clean scallops and sear in hot skillet or on grill until cooked through.

To Serve

Divide and arrange pear slices on 8 individaul dinner plates; divide and arrange scallops on top. Spoon a little Salsa de Pasitas onto each scallop and arrange watercress sprigs on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; drizzle with almond oil and place lime wedge along side.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 310 (Calories from Fat 61%); Total Fat 22 ( Saturated Fat 3; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 10; Sodium 420; Potassium 340; Total Carbohydrate 25; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 17; Protein 7; Calcium 49; Iron 2;

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