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5 Ways With Scallops

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26 October 2016

We’re just a few short weeks away from winter truly setting in and as the days get shorter and the nights longer, it’s no surprise that people are increasingly keen to stay at home and bunker down for the colder months.

In fact, new research from Gocompare.com has found that 59 per cent of you think the best way to spend a winter’s evening is to hang out on the sofa with a drink and a snack, while 20 per cent admit that they have a tendency to indulge in a bit of winter comfort eating.

If that sounds like a familiar story, why don’t you steer clear of the biscuit tin and try your hand at cooking up a storm in the kitchen instead? If you’re going to be at home anyway, hiding from the cold, wind and rain, what better time could there possibly be than to bolster your cooking skills and give yourself and your family something delicious to eat that won’t necessarily see you all putting on the pounds. Here are five ways with fresh scallops for some food for thought.

Scallop and corn chowder

Winter is definitely soup weather and there’s nothing quite like this cream soup that pairs bacon, scallops, corn and potatoes so perfectly together. It also couldn’t be easier to make so if you’re new to cooking with this kind of seafood, make this your first port of call.

Pan-fried scallops with butternut squash

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you usually celebrate it at home, why not serve this scallop dish up as a tasty starter. What we love most about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time, so don’t have to stress in the kitchen and can enjoy a glass of wine with the family instead.

Seared scallops, cauliflower puree and curry oil

If you want to try something a little different, this Raymond Blanc recipe is definitely one to give a go. Again, perfect as a starter if you’re having a dinner party or just want to spoil your nearest and dearest rotten for some reason. Raymond suggests using a high quality Madras curry powder, which he gets from his local Indian supermarket.

Hazelnut-crusted scallops

Thanks to the addition of the likes of hazelnut, thyme and nutmeg, this would be a brilliant dish to serve up around Christmas time so perhaps put it on the back burner until December. They only take ten to 12 minutes to bake and you should apparently serve them with cooked pasta. Tasty!

Steak and scallops with champagne butter sauce

How amazing does this dish sound? It’s certainly going on our to-make list, that’s for sure. If you want something quick and easy to make mid-week but don’t want to skimp on quality, this is the dish for you. Steam your green beans for nine minutes until they’re crisp-tender, then season with some salt and pepper, and you’re done!

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