I know I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the best ways to take advantage of eating out is “apps only”. It’s way more conducive to sharing (both food and conversation) and honestly you’ll be surprised how little you miss the large entrée portions. Plus, think about how much more wine you can drink when you’re not spending $28.00 on a “roasted chicken” dish. But maybe the most compelling reason to eat apps only, is how much more creativity goes into the small plate portion of a menu. So order a bunch, try everything, and save some dough in the process.
Knowing that this “apps only” mentality is becoming more and more commonplace (how many “tapas” bars do you see in every neighborhood), I’ve been trying to develop some creative and memorable dishes for future menus. So when a few of our good friends came over for dinner the other night I wanted to test out an idea I thought would be extremely delicious. Spoiler alert…
Everyone loves the combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Add a bit of creaminess in the form of mayo, a bit of crunch from some toasted bread and you’ve got yourself one of the best sandwiches imaginable. So what else could I use to bring those familiar flavors and textures together? Wrapping sea scallops in bacon accomplished two of the necessary pieces. The scallop added the creaminess in place of mayo, and the bacon added that great crunch. Served with a fresh tomato sauce and sautéed arugula, my BLT Scallops were an awesome appetizer. Sweet, savory, rich, and perfect for sharing!