Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 cups medium-diced, seeded, and peeled fresh papaya

  2. 1/2 cup minced red onions

  3. 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeno peppers

  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, optional

  5. 2 teaspoons pineapple juice

  6. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional

  7. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  8. 1 large bunch watercress, trimmed, washed and spun dry (about 2 cups)

  9. 1/4 cup thinly shaved red onion

  10. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  11. 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  12. 1 pound cooked Louisiana crawfish tails

  13. 8 jumbo (U-10) sea scallops, side muscles removed

  14. 1/2 cup sugar

  15. 2 teaspoons vegetable oil Cilantro Butter Sauce, recipe follows

  16. 2 tablespoons minced shallots

  17. 1/4 cup dry white wine

  18. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  19. 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  20. 1/2 teaspoon honey

  21. 1/8 teaspoon salt Pinch cayenne

  22. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a bowl, combine the papaya, minced red onions and jalapeno and toss with the citrus juices and cilantro. Adjust seasoning to taste and refrigerate for up to 1 hour. In a bowl, toss the watercress with the shaved red onions and olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to serve. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter is foamy, add the crawfish and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, to heat through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly; then add to the papaya mixture. Coat the scallops on both sides in the sugar , pressing to adhere. In a large clean skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the scallops, in batches if necessary, and sear on both sides until caramelized on the outside and the scallops are just cooked through but still tender, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and lightly season with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon butter sauce into the center of 4 large plates. Arrange a portion of the crawfish-papaya salsa in the middle of the sauce and set 2 scallops on top of the salsa . Arrange the watercress salad above the scallops and serve immediately. In a medium saute pan, combine the shallots, wine and lime juice and bring to a boil . Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece before the previous one has been completely incorporated. Continue until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, removing the pan from the heat periodically to prevent the sauce from getting too hot and breaking. Whisk in the honey, salt, cayenne, and cilantro. Serve immediately, or cover and keep warm until ready to serve. Yield: about 3/4 cup


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