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What side dishes with scallops?

buttertart Dec 30, 2011 12:06 PM

Cooking scallops tonight. I quite often sear them in butter, add some wine to the pan, lemon juice (or black vinegar), sliced almonds, capers, bit more butter to thicken. Nice but I'm never sure what to serve with them, except for the everloving green salad that my husband swears by, and maybe some saffron rice. Think I may do the beet with orange salad from Food 52, but what other things do you serve with your scallops?

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    escondido123 RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 12:13 PM

    Lemon risotto is my favorite, followed by mashed potatoes if the scallops are done simply with butter and thyme.

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      Chinon00 RE: escondido123 Dec 30, 2011 12:28 PM

      Was gonna suggest risotto as well.

    2. bushwickgirl RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 12:33 PM

      Lemon risotto or lemon orzo, serve scallops on a bed of sauteed baby spinach with the almonds and capers. Skip the salad.

      I like mine with a red pepper coulis and braised shallots on the side.

      1. Delucacheesemonger RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 12:34 PM

        Had scallops here last night, served in shell with a gratin of celeriac, oh my.

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          buttertart RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 30, 2011 02:58 PM

          Ooh ooh. Hm, have a cauliflower...

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            hto44 RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 30, 2011 03:11 PM

            One of my favorite restaurants serves seared scallops on top of celeriac mash. So flippin' good!

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            cocktailhour RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 12:35 PM

            green lentils with red beets and balsamicvinegar. ans some bacon or lardons.

            i think your sauce would be great with wild rice pilaf too. add some almonds and cranberries.

            1. MMRuth RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 03:24 PM

              Saffron rice.

              1. John E. RE: buttertart Dec 30, 2011 03:36 PM

                Wild rice and barley pilaf. Wild rice and orzo pilaf is good too.

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                  Journey RE: buttertart Dec 31, 2011 05:35 AM

                  Gordon Ramsay does scallops over a bed of culiflower puree with a dressing of white raisins
                  and capers, which we really like. Serve with just wilted spinach done Indian style with toasted almonds. Ramsay's recipe is here: http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles...

                  1. BigSal RE: buttertart Dec 31, 2011 05:42 AM

                    I love the combination of scallops and peas and scallops and corn. A puree or in a risotto might be nice.

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                      raisa RE: buttertart Dec 31, 2011 06:57 AM

                      Roasted cauliflower, sweet corn/ pea puree

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