These sound fancy but they were quite easy to put together and can be made in advance, so they’re easy to serve if you’re having a party.
Get about one scallop per guest (or two if you want to make it a more substantial dish than just a canapé).
I love scallops. My dad was a scallop diver so they’ve never been far away from my consciousness.
Separate the coral. You can cook them at the same time as the white flesh and eat them when you like but don’t include them in the canapé itself.
Put the white flesh into the freezer for about 40 minutes. This will allow it to firm up.
Remove then slice horizontally, so that each scallop produces two or more thin discs of tender flesh.
Dry each piece with a paper towel.
Season both sides with a little salt and some paprika (smoked paprika if you can get it).
Heat some olive oil in a pan on relatively high heat.
Add the scallops and coral (in batches if you have a large amount).
Cook for about 40-50 seconds on one side (or at least until that side starts to brown – as in the above image) then turn over. Cook for about 30-40 seconds on the other side, or again until it starts to brown.
Remove the scallops from the pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Put them in the fridge.
Add a dash of soy sauce, a dash of mirin and half a teaspoon of honey to the pan. Stir and bring to the boil, then take off the heat and pour the sauce into a small dipping bowl.
When the time comes spread some seaweed butter onto a ritz cracker, or better still some miniature blini. Top with a slice of scallop and if you’re serving immediately pour a little of the dipping sauce over the scallop and garnish with a tiny sliver of lime peel. TINY.
If you’re not serving the canapés immediately save the dipping sauce until right before you serve, cover the canapés and keep them in the fridge.
You can just eat the cooked coral on its own (I did; and I felt no guilt) or you can serve them separately with toothpicks and the dipping sauce.
The fresher the scallops, the better.
And naturally this goes very well with a martini. It’s an exquisite snack for even the most esteemed of guests.
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