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Stone fruit gazpacho with scallops

Stone fruit gazpacho with scallops from Seamus Mullen's

Stone fruit gazpacho with scallops from Seamus Mullen's "Hero Food." Credit: Colin Clark

Seamus Mullen made his name as a chef bringing authentic Spanish food to New Yorkers. In this recipe from his book "Hero Food" (Andrews McMeel, $35), he swaps tomatoes for other late-summer fruits -- peaches, plums and watermelon -- and tops the soup with seared scallops.

1 pound white peaches, pitted

1 pound sour plums, pitted (or sweet plums plus the juice of 2 lemons)

2 cups cubed yellow (or red) seedless watermelon

1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped

1 shallot, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar (or red or white vinegar)

1 cup plus 3 to 4 tablespoons fruity olive oil, divided


Freshly ground black pepper

4 jumbo scallops

Espelette pepper (or hot Spanish paprika)

A few sprigs thyme

1. Combine peaches, plums, watermelon, garlic, shallot and vinegar in a blender or food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. Reduce speed and drizzle in 1 cup olive oil until completely incorporated. (Work in batches if all ingredients won't fit in blender.) Season with salt and pepper; refrigerate, along with soup bowls.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Season scallops generously with salt and pepper. Once oil slips easily across pan, add scallops and sear until golden brown. After 2 minutes, put skillet in oven, without flipping scallops; they need 2 to 3 minutes in the oven.

3. Fill each chilled soup bowl with a generous portion of gazpacho and nestle 1 scallop in each bowl, seared side up. A sprinkling of Espelette pepper, thyme sprigs and a drizzle of fruity olive oil is all you need.

Makes 4 servings.

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