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New Year's Meal - Would love some help

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So I've been asked to make a NYE supper (3 people including myself, so it's a small one) and they jumped at the idea of a gumbo. I've never attempted one, but have located a few good places to track down a shrimp/sausage recipe I'm willing to tackle. Seared scallops are a favorite of one party member, and I was wondering if I could somehow include this as an appetizer? Something like seared scallops on salad? Anything else? Would love some suggestions. As well, I was thinking something light for dessert - marsala poached pears?

Does the menu make sense. Thanks in advance.

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  1. How about doing the scallops as prosciutto wrapped scallops with a dab of herb oil?

    For the rest of the dish a light salad sounds about right. The other thing you could do, which I just did for Christmas Eve with great success, is doing it with a smoked seafood spread. I did prosciutto wrapped shrimp with smoked scallops and mussels and roasted corn blinis topped with smoked salmon and sour cream. It was a big hit with my crowd.

    I get the smoked mussels and scallops from my local fish guy, who has them behind the counter. They are great and go really well in a spread. If you wanted to be able to work more ahead too you could do something like smoked salmon mousse on a thin cracker.