For this weeks recipe of the week Nicola and I tried to make a simple appetizer. Sometimes we don’t feel like cooking something involved and a simple appetizer usually fits the bill. When we go out to a restaurant we often choose a few appetizers to minimize our portions and to maximize the different flavours…plus it’s normally cheaper too!
This week we made an avocado scallop tostada (tortilla) that we found on Myrecipes.com web site.
The recipe was fairly simple and it was ready quite quickly. About the longest part was the preparation of the avocado paste.
- 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro leaves
- 1 cup greens (micro)
- 2 ripe Avocados – halved
- 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
- Cayenne pepper
- 12 large scallops – cut crosswise
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 24 tortilla chips
First the Cilantro and greens were combined in a bowl.
Then the avocados were mashed and combined with the lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a second bowl, the lime zest was not added.
The Cumin, remaining Salt, Paprika and the pepper were combined and sprinkled over the scallops. Cayenne pepper was not available at the time.
The oil was heated and the scallops cooked for about 1-2 minutes a side. Sadly the scallops were not yet completely thawed and water came out of the scallops when they were cooked which dulled the spices.
Lastly, the avocado mixture was spread on the tortillas and the scallops were placed on top. We purchased smaller scallops so we added 2-3 per tortilla which may have also changed the flavour. In total we made 12 separate tortilla chips with scallops on them.
We prepared a second batch of scallops, 12 more this time, cooking them in Blackberry Ginger flavoured oil from Liquid Gold oils. This certainly added a bit more flavour but we still agreed that something more would need to be added if we were to try the recipe again.
We both agreed that while they were good, there was a bit of a lack of flavour, a bit of a punch missing. Nicola suggested that adding garlic into the avocado mix would add some much needed flavour. Also using large scallops would have perhaps concentrated the spices and flavour more…and next time we will completely thaw the scallops before cooking.
Hope you enjoyed the quick recipe that we tried this week, Nicola and I learn something every time that we try and cook something new 🙂