I love scallops and to be honest think they make the most perfect starters, something about them I just find to be elegant and can really make a dish look great. I often struggle when it comes to portion sizing but with scallop starters, I do find it easier to manage portion control.
I made this scallop starter as a nice 3 course romantic dinner for Rach and was really happy with the way it turned out. I have been trying to improve the way my presentation looks and overall I think I am happy with this (still room for improvement though!!)
The first thing I wanted to make sure was that I had some good quality scallops, I do think that is important as it really does add to the taste. Its also very important that they are cooked properly, to be honest I tend to overcook them as I am a bit funny with fish.
This starter is actually a really good one to do if you are short on time as it really doesn’t take very long to make. The first thing that needs to be done is cooking of the celeriac, to help speed up this process you want to remove the skin and cut into small cubes.
Pop these into a saucepan of water and cook until you can place a fork or knife through it. Once cooked drain the water and place into a blender with a splash of milk and some butter, blitz in the blender until smooth. If it’s hard to blend then add a little more milk, don’t forget to taste and season if you feel it needs it.
Once it’s blended get a strainer and put the puree through to remove any bumps and you should have a nice smooth texture. Put this to one side and heat the oil in a frying pan until its hot, add the scallops and cook on one side for roughly 1 minute. Add a lump of butter and flip the scallops and cook on the other side for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Ensure the scallops are cooking before taking off the heat, once they are remove them.
For the plating of the dish I place the puree first and spread this along with the spoon and placed 3 scallops up the puree. Get an apple and thinly cut this into strips and place these around the scallops, add some crushed walnuts a couple of rocket leaves and then thinly slice a radish for a little kick. This recipe is perfect for 2 people, if you need to do it for more just increase the ingredients. If you do make it or have a recipe you like that includes scallops, let me know in the comments below! 🙂
I find scallops amazing, they make the most perfect starter. Scallops are great as I find they taste amazing but also many of the dish look excellent, you can really impress your dinner guests.
This Scallop starter is actually fairly easy to do and doesn’t take too much time.
* Get a plate and spoon the pea puree into 3 spots
* Place a scallop on top of each drop of pea puree
* Place the streaky bacon in between
You could dress the plate up even more with a nice bit of chilli on top of the scallops or some edible flowers.
I personally find this a great starter and can really be impressive if you are cooking for dinner guests!
If you do make it, please let me know what you think below in the comments 🙂
This recipe is an adaptation of the recipe that can be found at All Recipes UK
This serves 2 people
This starter makes an excellent beginning to a nice romantic meal or perfect for a group.
When cooking I would always recommend using good quality scallops that have been sourced from a farm shop or fish monger.
The scallops I used where from EatFish, they are sourced directly from Scottish fisherman and sent direct – nice and fresh! 🙂
Wine Pairing With Scallops in Pesto and Garlic Sauce
The wine I selected when creating the Scallops was a white wine with a hint of citrus as it helped bring the sweetness of the buttery scallops out. Perhaps look for something like a Sauvignon Blanc.
I would recommend the following wines from Majestic Wine;Continue reading