Fancy dinner night. 1/26/23

Mushrooms, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and braised leeks in a beurre blanc with seared scallops

As a part of our vacation tradition every year our son makes us his “fancy dinner.” John and I are his willing sous chefs. Years ago we had dined at the now defunct Oak City Grill in Menlo Park, CA. The chef at the restaurant made a scallop dish which we all loved and that our son has created through his taste memory. It starts on the bottom with braised leeks, then mashed potatoes, followed by sautéed asparagus and mushrooms. This gets enrobed by a beurre blanc sauce. The scallops surround this mound of deliciousness.

For my part I made the mashed potatoes, and cut up the asparagus. John was in charge of prepping the mushrooms. Our son cooked the asparagus, mushrooms, leeks, and scallops. Then he made the sauce and assembled the dish.

It was so delicious! The scallops were cooked perfectly. Yes, it is an expensive and decadent meal. However, if we had gone to a restaurant for this dish it would probably have cost $150 and that is without tax, tip, and a bottle of wine. We spent about $60 for the ingredients and had a great time making it together!

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