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Scallops and Double Carrots

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With an option of seafood with this Dorie Greenspan recipe, I chose Scallops and Double Carrots, but the guys in the family loved the shrimp version just as much. You can’t go wrong with the addition of bacon!

Scallops and Double Carrots - don't let the name deceive you, this is one delicious meal!

Scallops and Double Carrots

Are you wondering what the heck scallops with “double carrots” means? I certainly was when I saw this’ week’s French Friday’s selection…and even after looking over the recipe, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this recipe. But I shouldn’t have fretted.  Even Bill, the picky hubby, thought this scallops and double carrots recipe was magnificent.

We’re coming to the tail end of recipe options as we cook our way through Around My French Table, and some of the odds and ends of dishes remaining in the cookbook give me pause. I did know to swap out Bill’s scallops (my preference) for shrimp, or he wouldn’t have touched this entree. Dorie  gave both the former shellfish as substitutes for more difficult to source monkfish. Read on to see how we got our double dose of carrots.

Scallops and Double Carrots - don't let the name deceive you, this is one delicious meal!

Bacon Tipped the Scales

Sliced carrot coins were simmered in chicken broth and carrot juice flavored with rosemary and a touch of butter and olive oil. After frying some bacon to a nice crisp consistency for the garnish, the seafood was cooked in the grease plus a pat of butter. My sister was visiting from Denver and she and I inhaled the scallop version.

And Bill and Tom both gave the shrimp thumbs up. I had my doubts whether any of us would enjoy this unusual concoction, but the four of us were longing for more. Tom grumbled that 5 jumbo shrimp was a paltry serving. And Bill surmised that everything tastes better sauteed in bacon fat. Maybe I should have tweaked that celeriac soup last week by adding bacon??? This Scallops and Double Carrots with varied seafood was definitely an easy, yet gourmet treat!

Scallops and Double Carrots - don't let the name deceive you, this is one delicious meal!

The recipe for Monkfish and Double Carrots along with the shrimp and scallop options can be viewed here.

French Fridays with Dorie

Skinny Tip

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Tip #47: A colorful plate of food is a healthy plate of food. Make sure to have a “rainbow” of ingredients for each meal..berries, peppers, squash, carrots, cruciferous vegetables all bring color and nutrition. White bread, white rice, and noodles should be eaten in small quantities as they are not nutrient dense.


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41 comments on “Scallops and Double Carrots”

  1. My son raves about every dish I make that even slightly has the smell of bacon! Makes me smile at that! This dish is so very bright and colorful. I too would have doubted the flavors, but I bet it did taste wonderful.

  2. The french Fridays are always amazing! Love the monkfish and I think is a recipe we can made as well with Jacques st shells. Liz your plat looks “exquis” ! Have a nice weekend !

  3. I think I may have rushed into preparing this dish and did not let the sauce develop. I was underwhelmed by the flavors. How great that you were able to share this with your sister. I hope she left you her ropa vieja recipe around.

  4. I haven’t seen such combination before.. looks yummy!

  5. The scallops’ amazing with the double carrots, will try shrimp next time! The sauce recipe is a keeper!

  6. Reading this post and seeing this dish, I too would inhale the scallop version.

  7. This sounds so amazing! Love the idea of cooking the carrots in carrot juice.

  8. Adding some bacon on top of that celery soup would not be a bad idea at all ๐Ÿ™‚
    The scallop version looks delicious.

  9. Liz this looks SO good ๐Ÿ˜€
    Love your presentation of this meal!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. I would never have made a dish like this but it sure sounds good. Looks pretty snappy too!

  11. Double carrots, eh? I like your vivid description of the coins cooking, I’m convinced it’s delicious!

  12. I would love to try this with scallops – I’ll bet it was even better than with fish! Very nicely done!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  13. Next time I’m trying this with the shrimp & scallops! B

    I agree bacon makes most everything better, and these carrots converted me to cooked carrots!

  14. How lovely to have a visit from your sister. I can’t believe this is something Bill loved. As soon as I saw the recipe I thought for sure this is something Bill would give a wide berth. I’m glad this recipe was such a success xx

  15. Amazing.
    Gorgeous dish. xx

  16. This looks great, Liz. I’d love the scallop version too!

  17. Oh yea, everything does taste better with bacon fat:@) Love the double carrots!

  18. I think Bill missed out by not having the scallops – they look very tasty (and that is what I had too).

  19. Bacon sells every dish to my kids. My son doesn’t love cooked carrots but ate them because I mixed them with the bacon bits. Glad you found a winner for Bill. I really enjoyed this dish and I am planning on making it with other fish.

  20. HI Liz, I bet this was delicious both ways, sounds like it was a real hit.

  21. Love that sear on your scallops! I bet you had the best sear due to the bacon fat, of course. I love the colourful plate of food and eating the rainbow. Take Care and have a super weekend.

  22. Oh, yes, bacon is always a winner! What a great versatile recipe! Love those gorgeous scallops!

  23. Love scallops! This must taste amazing!

  24. I like the loos of that soup. I bet it tastes fantastic too!

  25. Dear Lizzy, My son is not a carrot eater. I certainly though would enjoy this very much. Have a great weekend. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  26. This dish look so bright and pretty, Liz! I love carrots and cooking the carrots in carrot juice sounds amazing! So glad Bill loved this too ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. What an interesting way to cook carrots! I would have been skeptical too!

  28. Never heard of double carrots, good to know. I adore scallops, any seafood, but scallops rule. And bacon make everything amazing.

  29. I have been craving carrots lately so this looks just perfect Liz!

  30. Everything’s better with bacon, it’s true. And in this dish, it really provided balance. I loved it and your scallop version looks amazing. I’m glad it was an all-round hit in your house this week!

  31. Double deliciousness! Whether its shrimp or scallops stepping in for monkfish, your fish supper circled with carrots looks yummy!

  32. Now that’s something I can really dig my fork into… I love dishes like this. I also agree… a colorful plate is a healthy plate… I strive to eat the rainbow every day (unfortunately… I do have some beige days). ๐Ÿ™

  33. What a fun dinner you had! And your dish looks delicious! I have to agree, the bacon did really set it off, but I loved the sauce and carrots. I made mine with scallops too. Shrimp would be great (I also kept thinking this would be good served with cheese grits… maybe next time!) No post for me, just a photo on facebook. But I’m happy that you all enjoyed this so much!!

  34. I side with Bill this week, I prefer shrimp to scallops and yes everything tastes better with bacon. I was going to leave the bacon out but my husband insisted we keep it in and he was right. It needed that added crunch and salt.

  35. Liz, you are so right about FFWD being down to the odds and ends! Well, this was a husband-friendly dish. Howard liked it as much as Bill did. He made a similar quote to me about the bacon. They could have their own club, an FFWD-partner support group!

  36. You had me chuckling at your son’s comment about the portion size ๐Ÿ™‚ With two college aged son’s in the house I cringe when I see some of the pricey ingredients and often debate whether they are getting a sample (along with something ELSE for dinner) or a full meal. LOL. Glad to hear that everyone in the house approved -no shock after you wisely changed it up for the yummy scallop and shrimp option. Another winner indeed.

  37. Glad everyone enjoyed this dish in your house, it was a winner with my Bill, too! I guess bacon really does make everything taste better. Yours looks lovely, Liz! Great photos!

  38. Liz how you made this dish look so elegant and classy is beyond me! You are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would have loved the scallops however I knew the kids would prefer the cod, now I’m wishing I bought a few on the side for me! Looks delicious!

  39. The double carrots would be great in a veggie soup as well.

  40. What a lovely dish and the bacon does take it over the top.

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