Thursday, April 29, 2010

Provencal Scallops And Vegetables With Herbs

I have decided to make more fish and less red meat because fish is so much healthier for us. I must admit that although cooking is my passion I hardly have fish recipe's. I added sautéed mushrooms to this delicious Provencal Scallop recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.

1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops
black pepper
All purpose flour for dredging
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter divided
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 lemon cut in half
*1 tablespoon butter
*6 large mushrooms

Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper. Toss the scallops with flour and shake of the excess flour. In a large saucepan heat 2 tablespoons of butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in one layer. Lower the heat to medium and allow the scallops to brown lightly, 3 to 4 minutes. (*In a separate pan, melt some butter and slice the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until brown. Sprinkle the mushrooms with a little salt.) Melt the rest of the butter in the pan with the scallops and add the shallots, garlic and parsley and sauté for two more minutes tossing the seasonings with the scallops. Add the wine and cook for one minute and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.

I served a roasted vegetable couscous salad with the scallops that is tasty and healthy. See the recipe on my January 3, 2010 post

Vegetables with herbs
This butternut and squash vegetable dish is so easy to make and is another option to serve with the scallops. I took one small butternut and one squash and sliced it. I drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned it with salt and pepper. I went to my herb garden and took almost every herb I could find and placed it on top of the vegetables. I placed the lid on the dish and baked it in the oven at 350*C for 20 to 25 minutes. The taste of the different herbs in the butternut and squash is unique but wonderful!

All images taken by me


  1. Carissima Ingrid....You must be a very talented cook.......; The FABULOUS Pictures are speaking of a great Photographer which prepared these gorgeous plates with love, passion and a careful eye for even the smallest details....!!!!!

    Oh yes, Fish completes a very healthy diet....very important part in the mediterranean diet; ....and soooo delicious and infact not difficult to prepare...!!!!
    The vegetables with fresh herbs are just made for my taste.....I love it!!!!!!!
    ( I will copy this receipe for my next Picnic!!!)
    Have a wonderful and sunny weekend!!!!
    ciao ciao elvira

  2. Oh is always so good to hear from you! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the lovely compliments! Elvira.....I LOVE, LOVE MEDITERRANEAN FOOD!!!! I tell you, since I discovered Mediterranean cook books (I have about six of them) I cook constantly from them. I agree, Mediterranean food is so healthy and good for us!
    Ciao, ciao my friend! Ixx

  3. What a beautiful blog you have !!! Ingrid !! i come here from Madelief her blog....i will follow you....and hope you come to see my blog too and maybe you will follow me too...........have a nice friday and weekend hugs from Ria

  4. Hi Ingrid, thank you for popping over from Madelief's - as a matter of fact I was going to visit you too - so great mind's think alike!!

    Yes, we do seem to share a love of the same things including France and Italy!

    I will be back over here often for more lovely recipes - have a great evening,


  5. Oh my...I can just smell the buttery..lemony-ness of it, I would love this! Thanks for sharing it. I usually don't make fish dishes much, hate the feel and smell in preparation...but this looks so good! Come say hi :D

  6. Thank you Ria, Jeanne and Julie for visiting my blog and your kind words, I really appreciate it! Julie, I am the same...I only made talapia before, my mom's recipe....but these scallops are delicious and good!
    Till we meet again!

  7. MMMMMMMMMMM a little tast of France here :) I think you are a perfect cooker !
    I wait the invitation for dinner ;)
    have a great week end

  8. Thank you Jean.....I love France and French food! So glad we can learn from the French people!

  9. Hi Ingrid,

    This look delicious!! You must be a talented cook! All the ingredients.....mmmm. You are right about eating more fish. I have to do that as well!

    I am glad some ladies came over to see your blog! You deserve it!!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

    Wish you a happy weekend!

  10. Thank you Madelief! Do you like fish? Enjoy your week-end as well!
    Groete Ixx

  11. Hello!
    Thanks for visiting my blog; it's always nice to meet people from all over the world!
    I see you also made a lot of nice pictures from tulips!!
    greetings from Fleur from Holland
    ( I live 10 km's away from Madelief...)

  12. My ultra ultra favpirtie seafood is scaloops! this is such a beautiful dish...typical Mediterranean in its colors and flavors. I love it...and have bookmarked this recipe(for when we are back at our Loire home...along with the creme fraiche I STILL have to make...and I will!! Don't give up on me yet...hehe!)
    R xx

  13. Hi Fleur...thanks for visiting!

    Hi Ronell, i will never give up on you because you are a busy bee and very energetic.... therefore I know you will make it...he-he! Ixx

  14. Ingrid, we are a family that loves scallops anyway we find them. Your lovely recipe will be a great addition to my stash. I can assure you it will be used. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  15. I've made that scallop recipe before and it is wonderful- and SO easy!

  16. Dear Mary...let me know when you make it, I would love to know if you enjoyed it as much as I did!

    Amber, I is easy and delicious!....oh yes....and healthy!

  17. Hi Ingrid, just popped onto your lovely blog through Madelief. Glad I did..
    Your plate looks awesome. Pure deliciousness!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  18. Hi Saskia, thank you so much for visiting, i appreciate your lovely comments!

  19. Hi Inkie
    ek loer gereeld in op jou blog en al die resepte lyk so lekker - gaan die couscous en
    hoenderkerrie bietjie probeer. Jou interior is net so mooi en Arno se skilderye stunning.]

  20. Liewe Immie! Ai, dis so n verassing en lekker om n kuiertjie van jou op my blog te gekry het! Die couscous is regtig heerlik en kan warm of koud of by kamer temperatuur bedien word. Die hoenderkerrie is ook heerlik en so ook die Griekse hoender met suurlemoen, seldery en olywe. (Dit is die heel eerste resep wat ek opgesit het.) Dankie vir die mooi komplimente. Hoop dit gaan goed met julle daar in Pretoria! Ixx

  21. I'm not a scallop eater but, my God, you made that look good!

  22. Thank you Renee......I wasn't a scallop eater either but now I really is a delicious recipe!

  23. Beautifully prepared AND photographed. No matter what you are doing, your taste is off the charts. ...and I think the rest of the world agrees!

  24. Wow....thank you so much made my day! Ixx

  25. Hi Ingrid! Hope you're well!
    This looks absolutely divine, you're making me wish it was lunchtime already!:)



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