Bay Scallop Gratin – Best Appetizer Ever!

Tony and I had the best early Valentine’s dinner.  We’ve only dined out on V-day once and vowed never to do it again.  I found a cool restaurant, but what they failed to mention was that their Valentine dinner was pre fix, no substitutions and . . . $100 per person, without drink!

We almost walked out right then and there but we stayed.  It was a small dining room, and while the food was delicious – it was small food because there were so many courses.  After drink and tip I think we spent $275 on dinner and left still hungry!  (Pretty sure my brother Charlie just had a hard attack reading that – he doesn’t like to spend money dining out, even if someone else is paying!)

We never could have gotten our dinner at a restaurant for $33!  And its been ages since I’ve had bay scallops – they were so perfect – slightly sweet.

Our Menu

Bay Scallop Gratin

Sourdough Bread

Prime Filet Mignon with Rosemary Butter

Asparagus with balsamic vinegar and shaved Parmesan

Bay Scallop Gratin (printer friendly version here)

Adapted from Ina Garten

2 servings: 455 calories, 27 fat, 25 carbs, 1.6 fiber, 23 protein

12 PointsPlus


  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • ½ pound bay scallops


1.     Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2.     Make the topping my mixing the butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper, olive oil and panko bread crumbs.  I just put all the ingredients in a bowl and whipped with a fork.

3.     Put wine in bottom of baking dish.  Layer the scallops on an even layer.  Top with bread crumb mixture and bake for 10 minutes.  Turn broiler on and broil until the top is bubbly and browned.   Serve with crusty bread.

the scallops are swimming in the wine, topped with butter and ready for the oven

my mouth is watering just looking at this picture 😀

I wish I could describe how delicious this was – I think the lemon zest added to the topping makes this dish (and Ina didn’t have that in her original recipe – ha!).  We each took our sourdough bread and soaked up all the buttery garlic goodness.  Totally worth the 12 points!  Actually, the next time I make this, I think I’ll reduce the butter and olive oil to one tablespoon each – and then serve it with a salad for a dinner.

no special dinner would be complete without a little Asti!

I took the steaks out of the refrigerator 45 minutes before cooking – its key to have your meat at room temperature (that’s what she said!) otherwise if you have a cold steak to a hot skillet – you’ll get a tough steak.

Tony spent about 2 minutes searing the sides of the steak

Then into a 425 degree oven for exactly 10 minutes – flipping after the first five minutes.

once the steaks come out, then top with rosemary butter (2 tablespoons of butter mixed with 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary) tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes

Can I just tell you that the rosemary butter made this dish?  I had a mushroom gravy on the side, but the butter mixed with the pan juices was all that was needed.

My plate – I ate only about 1/3 of the steak – it was so much meat! (that’s what she said!)  My whole dinner came in at 29 points – nice!  So I ended up with 47 points for the day, but I still have 31 flex points left for the week.

When we first cut into the steak and took our first bite, we both closed our eyes to savor the deliciousness – and best part with all the leftover filet?  I had 2 ounces diced into my scrambled eggs – so good.

perfect rare 😀

So we are headed to the hospital this morning to check Tony in before his surgery tomorrow.  We had to go to the hospital yesterday to get his blood checked – he has an artificial heart valve, so he stopped taking his blood thinners Friday night – but its a delicate balance – you don’t want the blood too thin for surgery otherwise he bleeds a lot, and you don’t want it too thick because he may get a blood clot.

We were told to go to the Main Entrance since it was a Sunday and go to the lab.  The woman said “no you have to go to the ER to get registered first.”  We say we were told by several people that they knew he was coming and to go to the lab.  So we go to the lab, and they also say to go to the ER.  Mind you, the Main Entrance and the ER are on opposite sides of the hospital.

The woman walked us to the ER, we start registering, and she said “do you know your way back?”  We did, so she left.  Only one problem, to go back the way we came, you need a hospital ID and no one would let us back that way.  So we had to go outside, walk down two flights of stairs, across the parking lot back to the main entrance!  When we saw the woman who helped us and she apologized for us having to walk outside to get back to the lab.

So we go to the lab, and they have no clue why we are there.  Apparently, all we had to do was go to the ER, register, they would call the lab, the lab would come to us, take the blood sample and we were good to go.  Luckily, they took his blood at the lab and didn’t make us walk back to the ER!

On the BSI front – check out all the vanilla entries here – thanks for hosting last week Wendy!

This week’s BSI hostess is Sara of Cupcake Muffin – she chose green beans!


41 thoughts on “Bay Scallop Gratin – Best Appetizer Ever!

  1. I almost spewed coffee out of my nose and mouth at your “that’s what she said” jokes! LOL!!! Good luck today and tomorrow and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. I have a giant bag of bay scallops in my freezer! Perfect!!!! Thanks for the recipe girl! =)

    Happy V-Day to you and Tony! ❤

  3. Oh my, what a perfect Valentine’s dinner! Everything looks amazing, I’ll have to make that scallop gratin soon, I’m sure both Ray and I would love it.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. I’m drooling. Seriously. On my work desk at 9:12am. Beautiful.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! 🙂

  5. Good luck tomorrow Biz. You are all in my prayers. Soon this shall pass and life will go on and things will look bright and cheery.
    You meals look awesome. I love that you share how you fix things. Thank you!!
    I think I too would of died at over $200.00 to eat.
    Take care and keep us posted when you can on what’s up. Have a blessed day.

  6. That’s why we prefer to stay home for Valentine’s dinner too – even our favorite restaurants seem to go to prix fixe menus and no matter what the price I always feel it’s overpriced! Glad your home cooked from the heart dinner was so good – what a great memory to have!

  7. Why did you vow to never eat out on vday again?

  8. I think I died and went to Heaven just looking at those scallops.

  9. Good luck to Tony tomorrow. Oh how I hate that bureaucratic crap that you went through yesterday for the lab work! How annoying! At least it’s a distraction from the other stuff that’s going on, or an added stress, depending on your point of view… Oh, and the Valentine’s Day menu looked great!

  10. OMG… such stress. Continued good thoughts going your way (and if it’s not politically incorrect anymore, I continue to add tony to my Rosary each week).

    Pan searing those steaks is perfect. Love the idea of the butter at the end…. You did a fabulous job on the doneness. I have just gotten used to using a meat thermometer instead of time, but if I could get that quality everytime, I would toss it.

    You are a winner!

    Be romantic, have a great valentines Day


  11. You will never go wrong with scallops and crispy, crunchy topping. Delicious!

  12. (wiping off drool) to wish you and Tony a very Happy Valentine’s day! So glad you had such a great dinner together!

  13. I could seriously make a meal out of those scallops. They look freakin amazing!

  14. Yum! That is my kind of meal! I think that $275 meal out would have scarred me too!!! Making a special dinner at home would be my preference, but with kids it’s not quite as relaxing. We’re going out tonight, but nothing too fancy. Just want to get away with each other ALONE!!! 🙂

    I’m not sure how much I can handle (that’s what she said!) of your jokes. Gotta learn not to drink coffee and read your blog at the same time! ;D

    You and Tony are still in my prayers!!! Stay strong, Biz! And make sure to keep busy in that waiting room! *BIG HUGS*

  15. Thank you so much for the scallop recipe. I have never had success making them at home but I think I can do this recipe!

    What a pity you had such a run around (all puns intended) at the hospital.

    I will be holding you both up in prayer as you make your through this week.

  16. Um, that looks like a SERIOUSLY awesome dinner. Glad you guys had fun celebrating Valentine’s Day at home. 🙂

    Keeping you all in my thoughts. Sending healthy vibes Tony’s way! xoxo

  17. I hope you two love birds have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I LOVE Asti. 🙂

    Sending good thoughts your way, Biz….keep us posted!

  18. Ugh…the same thing happened to me when I went out one V-day long ago! I also swore that I would never do it again….the whole experience made me cranky. lol Dinner looks amazing!

  19. I would have been scared at $275 for dinner, too! I don’t think 2 of us have ever spent more than $100, but that is the inner cheapness shining through LOL!

    I just love hospital efficiency, don’t you? :eyeroll:

  20. “it was so much meat! (that’s what she said!)” I am laughing my arse off right now…lol
    Good luck today and tomorrow!! will be thinking of you both!

  21. I hope all goes well with the surgery. It looks like an awesome V-day dinner. I love to go out for dinner but it is always a hassle, like you said, those set menus are no good for a vegetarian. I often need to make some substitutions. You can obviously make a great meal for much less as you demonstrated.

  22. You dinner looks and sounds wonderful! And I bet the Asti went very nicely with it… 🙂 We aren’t doing anything special for Valentine’s Day, but I do have a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge… 🙂

    You and Tony are in my thoughts and prayers! Sending you a big hug!!!

  23. What a great dinner! Love the bay scallop gratin. Dining in is definitely our preferred choice too – my boyfriend is cooking me dinner tonight so I’m really excited! Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  24. yummy! i wanted to try scallops in a different way!

  25. Oh, good luck to Tony with his surgery! I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

    Your Valentine’s dinner looks fantastic! Definitely going to have to try that scallop dish, it looks divine! And I’m drooling over that steak with rosemary butter.

    We ended up going out to dinner at a Thai restaurant; our first choice place, for which we had a gift card, was booked solid. (Had we planned better, we’d have made reservations or better yet, figured out a take-out strategy before we were hungry enough to chew our own arms off. But Thai was tasty, and you’d have loved the spicy curry dish I got!)

  26. Wait, has Michael Scott taken over your blog? LOL That’s what she said! 😉

    I had a similar experience at the hospital on the Saturday when I hurt my ankle and was sent there for xrays – so much fun. NOT!

    I’ll be thinking about you and Tony tomorrow – I’m sure everything will go just fine, and I hope he’s cured and back to his normal self soon! Hugs to you both.

  27. i tried to impress my boyfriend by cooking beef wellington last night – his favorite. unfortunately i still don’t know how to cook meat very well – yes! i used a meat thermometer! – because it came out well done. boo! your meat looks way better. at least my dessert was delicious and saved the lackluster meal.

    happy valentine’s day to you and tony!

  28. Wonderful looking supper for a romantic dinner…it all looks great. My honey made me breakfast in bed yesterday!

  29. What a wonderful dinner! Looks amazing!

    Good luck with the surgery! You guys are in my thoughts! Hugs!

  30. 1. I appreciate all of your “that’s what she said” jokes
    2. I had to restrain myself from licking the screen when I saw your scallops
    3. I hope Tony’s surgery goes well!

  31. Weighting For 50

    Wow…what a great looking Valentine’s Day dinner!!! And holy smokes, what a hospital “song and dance” you guys had to endure!!! I hope all went well today, good thoughts still coming down your way from my husband Dennis and I. Hugs!

  32. I really appreciate your tips on how to cook red meats b/c I’m terrible at it. I will make sure to get them to room temp next time! Everything looks scrump-diddly-umptious! Sorry the hospital gave you the runaround! I will be thinking of you both tomorrow and am praying but heart out! ❤

  33. Awesome looking V-Day dinner Biz 🙂

    Here’s hoping all goes well tomorrow. I’m sure it will.

  34. Best of luck to you & Tony with this hospital adventure!

    Your dinner looks Ahhhhh-mazing! And I never knew WHY we’re supposed to let steaks get to room temp before cooking, so thanks for the beefy cooking tips!

  35. Tony is in my thoughts and prayers! That V-day dinner should have him ready for surgery — happy spirit and tummy!

  36. Lovely Valentine’s Day meal…it sounds really delicious! 🙂 My prayers are with you and Tony!!!

  37. I am making the scallops tonight! Thanks for the recipe

  38. […] base of my pasta dish is a low fat alfredo made with fat free half and half.  The bay scallop part was from this recipe, only I reduced the butter to 1 tablespoon and reduced the olive oil to 1 […]

  39. […] Tony was a bit difficult for me.  I cook him football food every weekend, I’ve made him bay scallop gratin before, which I know he loves.  I also make the best homemade shrimp cocktail thanks to […]

  40. Ooo that’s a good idea to add cinnamon to cofefe! I bet that’s great . And your tilapia wraps look super delicious! I threw a random dinner together last night- just ground turkey, salsa, black beans, corn, and a little bit of sour cream and I mixed it all together and warmed it up haha. Quick question- who are you self-hosted through?Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s