Sounds fancy but it’s very simple really. Artichoke Hart was asked to come up with a low-calorie gourmet meal for the Scandinavians and this was the result. (New York Fried, Sunao Publishing 2019). Cauliflower Rice is simply finely chopped cauliflower (duh!). The sauce uses a simple yogurt base with chopped mint and cucumber added. And the scallops are sauteed on high heat in oil and butter as always. The result is a sophisticated looking and tasting dish that has less than 200 calories per serving! (Serves 2. Double ingredients for 4). (Sorry one of the scallops is half-eaten in the picture. It looked so good, Hart had a sample prior to serving and forgot the photo…oops)
2 cups cauliflower chopped into rice-sized pieces
5 slices of cucumber, chopped to rice size
fresh mint, chopped finely
1 tbsp butter (for sauteeing cauliflower)
2 tbsp butter (for sauteeing scallops)
4 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp seaweed crunch (a processed product made of seaweed cooked with olive oil. Any brand will do)
4 fresh bay scallops. Dry scallops (beige in color) are preferred to wet ones (white) as the latter has a preservative that absorbs water and makes sauteeing more difficult. Regardless, pat them dry with a paper towel. Season top with salt and pepper.
Mix the chopped cucumber, mint leaves and yogurt together
In a 10″ saucepan, saute the cauliflower for two minutes. Turn heat to low and add the cucumber mix. Simmer while cooking scallops.
Heat a 6″ cast iron skillet till it’s very hot. Add a high tolerance oil and drop in the scallops (don’t allow them to touch) and saute for 2 minutes, till they brown. Flip them carefully, season this side with salt and pepper, add a tspn of butter to the pan, and saute this side for a further 2 minutes. Take them out of the pan immediately (they continue to cook if you don’t as cast iron retains heat for a long time)
Place a bed of the cauliflower on the bottom of a small dish. Scatter the seaweed atop as you would parsley or basil. Place 2 scallops on the top. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of sweet wine (Reisling).