Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup with Caramelised Scallops

  • 12 Scallops
  • Pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1 bunch chives chopped
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 lemon
  • For the soup
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 100g fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 500ml liquid chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche

To make the soup, add the butter to a sauce pan, add the onions and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the butternut, ½ the ginger, season and cook for 10 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and simmer for 10 minutes or until soft. Add the crème fraiche, place in a blender and blitz.

Grate the other half of the ginger and place in a small bowl. Add the chives, season and add the grape seed oil and lemon juice.

To cook the scallops, add a little olive oil to a frying pan, season the scallops and cook for 1 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan, spoon the chive and ginger mix on each scallop.

To serve, spoon the butternut puree into the base of a shallow bowl, place 3 scallops in each bowl and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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