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Old 07-08-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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1st course to go with scallop gratin entree?

We are having a dinner party soon and want to make this for the entree:


Bay Scallop Gratin Recipe : Ina Garten : Recipes : Food Network


But are not quite sure what to make for the first course that would go well with it. I would provide more information, but we really cannot think of anything. Its not a formal dinner but most of the attendees will be foodies and expect something of good quality.



Would really appreciate any help!

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Old 07-08-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Sounds delicious My first thought is a crisp green salad with cucumbers and a creamy vinaigrette and crusty bread for sopping up the juices.
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Ice cold seafood salad?
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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It looks kind of light so maybe you can go a little heavy on the appetizer. How about a savory puff pastry, rare beef or beef short ribs maybe with polenta, or maybe meatballs with an asian influence.

Great looking main course!
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Could anyone recommend a good wine to go with the entree? Not sure if I should make a thread for it or not.
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Could anyone recommend a good wine to go with the entree? Not sure if I should make a thread for it or not.
Sauvignon Blanc (my preference), or Chardonnay.
My recommendations: Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc or J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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We are having a dinner party soon and want to make this for the entree:


Bay Scallop Gratin Recipe : Ina Garten : Recipes : Food Network


But are not quite sure what to make for the first course that would go well with it. I would provide more information, but we really cannot think of anything. Its not a formal dinner but most of the attendees will be foodies and expect something of good quality.



Would really appreciate any help!
A few ideas:

Saffron Mussels (I use 3 lbs mussels and 2 Tbsp butter):
Saffron mussels - Chatelaine

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Garlic (haven't tried this yet, but it's from a very reliable source/excellent cook):
Eat@ Recipe Swap & Recipes :

This would be good if you're going to use the grill:
Tuscan-Style Grilled Vegetables with Aioli
http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/food/784

For a salad, I would do a simple green salad with a vinaigrette.
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