Seared Scallops over Puff Pastry

I wanted to make a new appetizer for my daughter’s 22nd birthday celebration and this is what I came up with – it is very easy and quite delicious!  The bacon jam could easily be subbed out with spicy pepper jelly or even a light creamy herby goat cheese.

Seared Scallops over Puff Pastry

Seared Scallops over Puff Pastry

Ingredients

  • 1 thawed puff pastry sheet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs whipping cream OR half and half
  • 1/2 cup bacon jam, or 1/2 cup pepper jelly
  • 8 large sea scallops, foot removed, completely dry
  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs green onions, chopped - for garnish
  • sea salt, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place puff pastry on parchment paper
  3. Cut puff pastry into 16 equal size even squares and move 1" apart
  4. In small bowl, mix the egg and cream - brush lightly onto each square
  5. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until puff pastry is lightly browned - remove from oven and immediately press in the middle with a small spoon, making a well in each square. Set aside
  6. Heat heavy frying pan over medium high heat, add butter
  7. Add completely dry scallops, sear on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crusty
  8. Remove scallops and cut in half horizontally
  9. Equally divide the jam/jelly between each square. Top with half scallop, chopped green onions and sprinkle of sea salt
  10. Serve immediately
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As always – enjoy!

 

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