Scallops with Tomato Water and Mint

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What do you do when you missed a couple tomatoes and they are a little too soft to cut? Make tomato water! This comes from F&W – and it’s a winner. Start your tomato water at least an hour ahead of time. The rest comes together in minutes.

Ingredients:
12 scallops
2 – 3 over ripe tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Mint leaves, torn

Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl. Cut the tomatoes and allow to drain about an hour, pushing down on the several times. Reserve tomato water.

Pat the scallops dry and season with salt and pepper.

Add a little oil to a cast iron skillet over high heat. Cook scallops 1 – 2 min per side until nicely seared.

Place in a shallow bowl, spoon tomato water around and top with mint.

Serves 4.

Squash Blossom Pancakes

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This might be the last squash blossom dish of the summer. These are super easy and come together in minutes. Serves with a little sour cream or melted sriracha butter . I cook these on my pancake griddle so I can knock the all out at once.

Ingredients:
24 squash blossom, stem removed (snip at the base and pull)
1/2 c milk
1/2 c flour
1 egg
Salt and pepper

Combine flour, milk and egg; season with slat and pepper and add blossoms, toss to coat.

Heat a griddle or large non stick skillet over medium high heat – spray of olive oil if needed. Scope 1/4 c mixture onto the griddle, flatten and cook about 3 minutes per side.

Makes about 8 – 10 pancakes.

Sriracha Oysters

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They had oysters at the farmers market this weekend – woo hoo! Now since they were already shucked I decided to play things safe and cook ’em. So I searched the web found a couple recipes for sriracha butter and came up with my own spicier version. I also finally used my mini calphlon pans.

Ingredients:
12 oysters
4 TBSP butter, softened
3 – 4 tsp sriracha
1/4 tsp salt
1 small minced shallot
3 TBSP cilantro, minced
Panko.

Combine all ingredients except oysters and panko and chill till ready to use.

Preheat your broiler or BBQ.

Divide oysters amount a shallow heat proof pan. Top with butter and sprinkle with panko. Cook 1- 2 minutes until panko starts to crisp up and butter bubbles.

Serve immediately.