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The Extra Fancy Pesto Scallop Amuse Bouche

What could be more elegant than a pretty little pesto scallop amuse bouche!? It’s so lovely, so special and so simple to make!

A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar next to a small fork.

I love surprising guests with these tasty little bay scallops. The shells are really easy to find on Amazon and look so pretty on your dinner table.

I remove them just before I cook up the scallops and pass them out while my guests are enjoying appetizers and cocktails.

A shell sitting on a clear plate on top of a white napkin on a black table. Next to the shell is a sprig of lavender and a small trident fork.

You can prep these tasty treasures in under 10 minutes if you make your pesto cream ahead of time – giving you more time to spend with your guests, and out of the kitchen!

If you’ve never made your own pesto before, you’ll be so happy you did!

You’ll never go back to the oily, store-bought kind ever again. It tastes so divine and it’s so easy to make! It’s delicious enough, as is, but when you add the cream, it’s simply dreamy.

A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar.

The mustard caviar is key!

If you’ve never made mustard caviar, it couldn’t be simpler! You can make it with any kind of sauce you like! I have Sriracha caviar, pickle juice caviar, soy sauce caviar, and of course, this delicious balsamic caviar.

3 small bowls with different kinds of mustard caviar on a marble table.

Your mustard seeds just need to soak for at least 3 days, so be sure to give yourself enough time to let them sit before you plan to serve them at a party. After 3 days, they’re perfect for months.

A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar.

A Few More Fancy Appetizer Ideas

Delicious Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Goat Cheese
Beautiful Vegan Squash Rosettes
Beautiful Baked Gruyère

For more inspiration, follow me on INSTAGRAM @shekeepsalovelyhome, on PINTEREST and FACEBOOK! And if you ever make any of my tasty drinks or treats, take a picture and tag me. I want to see! 

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A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar.
Pesto Scallop Amuse Bouche
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
What could be more elegant that a pretty little pesto scallop amuse-bouche!? It's so lovely, so special and so simple to make!

You'll require a small skillet (preferably cast iron), 8 appetizer shells or small bowls, a food processor and small mixing bowl for this recipe.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: scallops
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Genevieve Morrison
Ingredients
  • 24 tiny bay scallops
  • Balsamic-soaked mustard seeds
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts - or neutrally flavored nuts like almonds
  • 1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. butter - enough to just thinly cover your frying pan
  • Juice from half a lemon
Instructions
  1. Make your pesto cream ahead of time. Place your basil, nuts and cheese into a food processor. Pack it all in, then pour your olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the other ingredients.

  2. Blend everything together into a tasty pesto paste. Add 1 tbsp. of heavy whipping cream and stir. Place in a sealable container. Refrigerate.

  3. When you're ready, stage your amuse bouche. Lay out your shells or tiny serving plates and add a dollop of your pesto cream.
  4. Add butter to your pan and turn your heat up medium/high. Once your pan is quite hot, add your scallops, making sure there's a good amount of space between them. Too much moisture can build up between them if they're too close, preventing them from browning nicely.

  5. Let them sit in the pan without moving for 2-3 minutes until a side is brown. Roll them over, then cook them for 3 more minutes.

  6. Squeeze juice from half a lemon over them and let the juice sizzle for a few seconds while swirling the scallops in the pan. Remove quickly into a bowl so you can place them into your shells or plates.

  7. Garnish with balsamic-soaked mustard seeds and serve!

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Scallop Amuse Bouche
Amount Per Serving (1 Amuse Bouche)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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