Seared Scallops On Tostones With Avocado Crema

2019-05-06T17:55:19+00:00March 11th, 2019|Appetizers, Recipes, Whole30|

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Restaurant style appetizer made at home, it doesn’t get better than this. These may look complicated and take a lot of time, but what if I told you these actually take no time to prep? Seared scallops have been my jam lately because they take only a few minutes to prepare and are so tasty. If you are going to be making these to entertain I suggest you cook right before serving, they taste best fresh.

Now if you aren’t familiar with tostones, let me fill you in.

  • They are plantains a form of a banana  but a lot more firmer
  • They typically are fried plantains that are served with dips
  • They taste similar to a cracker depending on how much you fry
  • They taste similar to a banana in my eyes but are less sweet
  • I prefer to buy one’s that are green with black spots they are more firm
  • The yellower they are the more soft and I find to be a little bit more sweeter. I like using yellow (ripe one’s) for baking.

The way that I make mine don’t involve double frying. I simple peel my plantains by making a slit down the middle of the plantain and removing the skin. I then cut into about 3 inch thick coins and add to a pan with ghee, salt + pepper,  and cook a few minutes each side. Once they are done cooking I then transfer to a plate and with a mason jar I push down to form the tostones.

Once the tostones are done I start on the seared scallops. I will heat my cast iron skillet with ghee, pat dry my scallops, and season with salt + pepper. Once the pan is nice and hot I add my scallops and cook a couple minutes each side. Once done I squeeze the lemon juice on top.

I add some of the avocado crema to each tostone and top with the seared scallops.

Seared scallops on tostones with avocado crema

Ingredients

  • 6-8 wild caught scallops
  • 1 tbsp california garlic ghee
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Instruction:
  • Heat cast iron skillet with ghee add scallops that you seasoned with lemon juice, salt + pepper. Cook a couple minutes each side.

Tostones:

  • 1 plantain peeled and cut into thick coins. I found the more ripe one’s worked better.
  • 1 tbsp original ghee
  • Salt + pepper
  • Instructions:
  • Heat pan with ghee and cook plantains a few minutes each side. Transfer to a plate and with a mason jar press down to flatten.

Avocado crema:

  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt + pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients until smooth consistency. Add some filtered water if you want to thin it out more.