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Ep 7 - Seared Scallop

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EP 7Red team

Seared Scallop with Capsicum Gazpachio

Serves 6



1 x 180 gram red capsicum, roasted, peeled and de-seeded

140 gram tomato, halved

1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 ½ tablespoons olive oil

1 red onion, roughly chopped

35 gram sourdough bread, crumbed in food processor

60 grams bacon, very finely chopped

6 scallops

salt and pepper to taste

micro herbs, for garnish

scallop shells, cleaned, for garnish


  1. To make the gazpachio, place the roasted capsicum, tomato, vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and red onion in a food processor and process to form a coarse paste. Season to taste and set aside.
  2. Place 2 teaspoons olive oil in a frypan and place over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and bacon and fry until golden. Remove from pan set aside on paper towel.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan over a medium high heat. Sear scallops for about 1 ½ minutes per side until lightly browned and just cooked through. Remove scallops from heat.
  4. To serve, place a spoonful of gazpachio on each plate. Top with a scallop shell, place a scallop in each shell and sprinkle with bacon crumb mixture. Season to taste and garnish with microherbs.