Recipe courtesy of Four Seasons

Cauliflower Stuffed with Saffron and Scallop Mousse

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

24 ounces cream

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 pound bay scallops

1 egg

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1 tablespoon saffron steeped in 2 ounces white wine

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

1 leek washed, thinly sliced

4 baby fennel, cleaned, thinly sliced

4 cups baby greens

Directions

  1. Bring the cream to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add the cauliflower and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, reserving both the cauliflower and the cream. Chill the cream.
  2. Place half the bay scallops, egg, Worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce in food processor and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Add cream used for cooking cauliflower, steeped saffron and steeping liquid, and blend thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Set up a bamboo stovetop steamer and heat over simmering water.
  4. Line a small teacup with cauliflower florets and fill with saffron mousse. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes, cool and invert onto a plate.
  5. In a hot pan add olive oil, the remaining half pound of bay scallops, leeks, and fennel and toss quickly. Season with salt and pepper. Place on plate next to cauliflower. Garnish with baby greens.
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