Maple glazed sea scallops & mashed sweet potatoes

I had a dish @ The Sole Proprietor a week or so ago for my father's birthday, and I just couldn't stop thinking about it because it was so yummy!

{Maple Glazed Sea Scallops with mashed Sweet Potato}

So why not try and make it myself? I've NEVER made scallops before so I was a bit nervous. Overcook them and they're like rubber bullets, timing is everything... and the glaze I made is super easy. I made shrimp for JB, which came out awesome too!

sea scallops
sea scallops

So first thing to make the mashed sweet potatoes:

1. peel and dice 3-4 small/medium sweet potatoes and boil for 15 minutes.

2. Drain and place back into hot pot.

3. Add in:

  • 2 t. whipped light butter
  • 1 t. light brown sugar
  • 1.5 t. pure maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of orange zest and a squeeze of an orange (about 1/8 t.) (<--optional)

4. Mash it all up until smooth..

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mashed sweet potato
mashed sweet potato

Now for the scallops & shrimp.

Season with a little S&P.. Heat up a skillet.

Add in a little canola oil and toss em' in. Once they are in, add in 1/2 t. whipped butter and swish it around the pan. Don't move the scallops and shrimp a lot just let them sit and caramelize.

Cook for 90 seconds, then turn & do the same thing.. add a little butter and swish it around the pan.

with about 30 seconds left on the 2nd side, add in 1-2 t. maple syrup to the pan. It will caramelize and brown quickly. Once this happens baste the scallops with the syrup and shrimp and remove from the hot pan..

maple glazed scallops
maple glazed scallops

Time to eat :)

Can I just tell you how GOOD the scallops were?! I'm a huge fan now.

The mashed sweet potatoes aren't too shabby either. Another success :)

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What's your favorite seafood?.. do you even like seafood?