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Side Suggestions to Pair with Amazing Scallops Please!

mjhals | Feb 28, 200906:21 PM     33

My fiance is visiting from Germany in two weeks and I'm already plotting the menu of what I'll cook for him, but I'm stuck on the sides! For the main I'll be making seared scallops, with beurre blanc sauce. Our local market has great fishmongers and I've been seeing huge, fresh scallops there regularly, so that will be the main. I just can't figure out what to have for the side! I think I'll be ok with the veggie side, just go with a quick saute of whatever looks good at the market (but I'm hoping for broccolini or asparagus) but I can't figure out what to do for a starch.

Here's some thoughts, please tell me what you think-

1) I keep coming back to polenta even though it doesn't exactly fit with scallops in my mind. But I think my fiance would love a rich polenta made with milk and parmesan.

2) I don't particularly like rice dishes, but scallops seemed to go well with risottos, which I've made with some success in the past. Still, this seems like a more labor/flavor-intensive dish and I want the focus to be on the scallops.

3) Roasted potatoes?

4) Maybe a warm orzo salad with roasted zucchini and a squeeze of lemon? This appeals to me, but as a true side, not to place the scallops on to catch the yummy sauce (which fiance loves).

So, which one gets your vote? Or better yet, what brilliant ideas do you have for me? Thanks!

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