Here’s a restaurant-quality meal for a special occasion that’s easily prepared at home. Sweet sea scallops encrusted with a pistachio-lemon zest combination are served atop a simple baked Champagne risotto accompanied by roasted asparagus. Since giving you a recipe for an American-inspired risotto some months ago, I’ve discovered a method for making risotto that is easy and foolproof — and I may never make risotto any other way again. Instead of painstakingly stirring risotto on the stovetop, the method I’ve discovered is to simply bake it.
When the weather heats up, it’s sometimes difficult to even think about cooking. These seafood kabobs, paired with a lively citrus and herb vinaigrette, are elegant yet fast enough for a fuss-free summertime dinner. Sea scallops are a highly sustainable seafood option.