Fast & Fancy — March Dinner

scallopsWow your guests without spending the day in the kitchen. This light and fanciful dinner includes something for everyone, and you can whip it up in no time. Our centerpiece entrée features mouth-watering seared scallops on a bed of corn, avocado and bacon. Chef Alton Brown shares tips on getting the perfect sear in this how-to video. The dessert is truly spectacular and takes just 10 minutes in the oven. Check out the links below.

MENU & RECIPE LINKS: Make sure to check servings and adjust for 8

APPETIZER:  Baked Ricotta and Goat Cheese with Candied Tomatoes
This Pinterest favorite is served with a hearty baguette and crudités.

FIRST COURSE: Kale and Fresh Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
 Remember to adjust quantity to serve 8.

MAIN ENTREE: Scallops with corn, bacon and avocado relish
Watch the video by chef Alton Brown, as there’s definitely a technique. Don’t rely on buying by the pound, as you’ll want a count of 4 large scallops per person (plus some extra to test and taste). Remember to double the recipe for both the scallops and side.
SIDE: Asparagus with shallots, chiles and lemon

DESSERT: Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
A New York Times favorite. Feel free to use other recipes if you’d like to try a different version.

Reminder to hosts:
 Use this handy COST CALCULATOR when dividing up costs after the meal.

Bacon jokes:
What’s the best substitute for bacon?
What are you crazy? There is NO substitute for bacon.

What would happen if pigs could fly?
The price of bacon would go skyrocket.

What do you get when you cross a pig and a chicken?
The best bacon-and-eggs of your life.

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