Friday, October 10, 2014

FFWD ~ Scallops with Double Carrots

FFWD ~ Scallops with Double Carrots

This week our recipe for French Fridays is...Monkfish with Double Carrots. A recipe I seriously thought of skipping. I have never eaten monkfish, but have seen pictures of them (one ugly fish)! I then thought of one of my all time favorite fish recipes from AMFT.  Remember the skate?  Another not so pretty fish, which was a delicious surprise!

Finding Monkfish, in the grocery stores in my area, proved impossible.  I decided to go with Dorie’s Bonne Idee, and use scallops (much better looking, too). The carrot part of this recipe can be prepared several hours in advance, making this mouthwatering dish, dinner party worthy!! 

A really special dish that you would expect to eat in a four-star restaurant
The carrots are cooked in carrot juice, hence the name double carrots! To begin, peel and slice a pound of carrots and place in a saucepan, where the carrot juice, butter, and rosemary have been brought to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and cook until tender. That folks, is the beginning of this wonderful meal! Who would have thought such humble beginnings, would reap such a pleasurable gourmet dinner? 

Finishing this dish takes less than 15 minutes. Brown bacon on both sides, wipe out the pan, then using 2 teaspoons of the bacon grease and a tablespoon of butter, brown the scallops. About 2 minutes on each side should do it. Dorie suggested serving with mashed celery root or mashed potatoes. I opted for the potatoes, a great choice! This dish was amazing! Bill gave it two thumbs up! This excellent meal is something you would expect to be served in a four star restaurant! Thank you Dorie for another wonderful recipe! Happy Friday everyone!

You can find this recipe in Dorie’s cookbook, "Around My French Table”, or here where it has been published. To see what the other Dorista thought of this dish, check it out here.


We loved this one…a keeper for sure
Totally delicious and dinner party worthy!


27 comments:

  1. I know this sounds terrible and unpopular, but I was bored with the flavor and carrot overload. I felt the recipe needed something extra to balance all the sweetness from the carrots and bacon. At least I tried it!

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  2. This is such a "restaurant meal" right? I loved it and need to try with scallops!

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  3. Yes, this was a winner at our house, too! Who knew? I had low expectations!!

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  4. How did I miss the mashed potato option? (Although, we did have ours with the celery-celery soup, so that's kind of like having mashed celery root, right?)

    Kathy - those scallops look delicious!

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  5. Hi Kathy, no can do on the monkfish for me either. I also went with scallops, which were delish. Have a great weekend.

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  6. I've eaten monkfish in restaurants it's OK. I love the scallops with this dish and so, so, easier to find with no images of the ugliest fish ever with each bite. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Kathy, did you put the mashed potatoes under the double carrots? Since I didn't make this dish (couldn't find monkfish and had leftover skirt steak) I can't understand it. Mashed potatoes, then carrots, then scalloips. What's not to like about that, especially if you like cooked carrots. When I find monkfish (and, even if I don't), I will have to try this recipe. You have persuaded me that it's worth it.

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  8. Definitely party worthy & delicious! Hope you get to try it with the monkfish (just get fresh and not previously frozen!) - love your photos, makes me want to make this again for dinner this week!

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  9. This is so fresh and flavourful. Just love how succulent and meaty those scallops look.

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  10. These scallops look so good, sitting in that stew of carrots - I bet it really brings out their flavour :D
    Aesthetically gorgeous as well!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. Definitely something you'd expect in a restaurant. I thought I was fine skipping the starch, but now that I see your mashed potatoes with it, I really wish I hadn't. The scallops must have been really good with this.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  12. I don't think so I had a chance to try monkfish before. I am feeling hungry now. =)

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  13. Your dish looks fabulous, and I totally agree. I thought the sauce was terrific and the whole dish. I didn't get a post done (just a facebook photo). I'm happy you loved this!!

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  14. Scallops rock and pairing them with carrots make them even better Kathy!

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  15. Your right this does look like a dish from a 4 star restaurant, looks delicious!

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  16. Beautiful presentation - the dish looks delicious. I like using scallops and the carrots look and sound delectable. Maybe I will just make the carrots on their own and serve them as a side dish.

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  17. Kathy, this is such a fun and unique combination. I love all the beautiful color! That was a great choice to use scallops, yum!

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  18. I agree with you that this was a pretty dish. It was fast enough for me that it was week night worthy but you are right it is dinner party worthy too.

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  19. I'm not so good at plating my meals, so I impressed myself with this one. Definitely looks and tastes like something you order in a fancy restaurant, and now I can make it a home. I just love the recipes like that from FFWD (along with so many others). Have a great week!

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  20. Dear Kathy, A wonderful recipe and healthy too. Blessings dear. Catherine

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  21. Kathy, I just love your creativity in this dish. I love carrots...'carrot overload, or not'...so elegant, and super delicious! Hugs,

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  22. Yum, Kathy! I love your scallops version. Your photos are really great, too!
    We really enjoyed this and are trying to get back into the swing of things...

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  23. I like the use of scallops since monkfish is hard to find here, too. The carrots sound like a revelation! I will definitely be trying this.

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  24. Love the idea of the scallops because now, thanks to Adriana :) I too have seen what a monkfish looks like prior to hitting Wegmans- LOL. All kidding aside, the taste of the fish was quite nice but nothing beats scallops. I really enjoyed preparing the carrots this way and plan to do this part again in the future. Fabulous photos, as usual :)

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  25. Your scallops look mouth watering! In fact your whole dish looks amazing :)
    I wished I had used scallops!

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  26. Looks so good! And you got wonderful caramelization on the scallops, something I usually fail at.

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