CAJUN SCALLOP TOSTADAS WITH GUACAMOLE AND CREMA

CAJUN SCALLOP TOSTADAS WITH GUACAMOLE AND CREMA

 

12 large sea scallops (about 1 pound)

1 Tbs. Cajun seasoning (recipe below or your favorite store brand)

2 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 avocado (soft and ripe)

1 Tbs. minced sweet onion

½ tsp. salt

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. lime juice

6 wonton wrappers

1 cup vegetable oil for frying

½ cup sour cream

½ cup heavy cream

½ tsp. salt

½ cup cilantro leaves

 

Lay scallops out on paper towels dry thoroughly.  Sprinkle Cajun seasoning on both sides and lightly massage.  Heat butter and oil in a large skillet until smoking hot.  Add the scallops in one layer, careful not to crowd or they will steam.  Cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown and caramelized.  Remove from heat and cover with foil to keep warm.

 

In a small bowl, combine the avocado flesh, onion, salt, olive oil, and lime juice.  Mash all of the ingredients together with a fork until smooth.

 

Cut the wonton wrappers in half, creating triangles.  Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron pot (or deep fryer) to 350 degrees.  Drop wonton triangles into the oil and lightly brown on both sides.  This happens quickly and you will need to turn them with tongs after the first side browns.  Remove from oil and place on a plate covered with paper towels to drain.  Lightly salt them as soon as they come out of the oil.

 

Whisk sour cream, heavy cream, and salt together in a measuring cup until smooth.  Transfer to a squeeze bottle if you have one or you can just drizzle from the measuring cup.

 

To assemble, place about 1 Tbs. of guacamole on each fried wonton.  Top with a scallop, drizzle with cream and garnish with cilantro leaves.  Devour!

 

CAJUN SPICE MIX

 

1/4 cup salt

2 Tbs. cayenne pepper

2 Tbs. paprika

1 1/2 Tbs. onion powder

1 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbs. freshly ground white pepper

1 Tbs. garlic powder

2 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. ground mustard

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

 

Combine all ingredients in a small jar.  This spice mix can be stored in a tightly covered glass jar in a cool dry place out of direct light for up to 4 months.  Makes about 3/4 cup.

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