Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Scallop and Pesto Purses

May 6, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in groups, other savory, savory things, tuesdays with dorie | 18 Comments
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scallop and pesto purses

I’ve been trying to lay off the sweets a bit lately.  No more dessert every night, I’ll mostly keep that to weekends.  This is because I can tell my trainer would like it if I dropped a few pounds.  The things I do for this guy….I even got up early to run a 5K on Sunday!  He’s right of course, and he has made me strong, so at least that running was a piece of cake (unlike the cake I’m not eating).

I do miss baking stuff more than once a week, though, so it’s nice to have a little savory project to put together.  To tell the truth, these Scallop and Pesto Purses, courtesy of Gale Gand, were more of a quick assembly task than a real baking project.  Take a nice, fat sea scallop and a schmear of pesto, bundle it up in a phyllo dough wrapper and pop it in the oven.  These purses are intended to be elegant appetizers, but I will probably never have a dinner party sophisticated enough to serve them (pigs in a blanket, anyone?).  After I snapped this photo, I put a few of them together on each plate with a bit of salad, and we had them as dinner…with the rosé, obvi.  They were really tasty and the scallops cooked nicely inside (which I was worried about since I couldn’t really tell what was going on in there).  The juices from the scallop did make the bottom of the purses soft, but we were knife and forking it, so it wasn’t a big deal.

I pounded together a little bit of parsley pesto for these in my new mortar and pestle.  It was my first time making pesto this way– normally I use the food processor– and it was so good, I made more a few nights later for pasta.

scallop and pesto purses

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll

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  1. Just looking at these is making me so hungry!

  2. I like your photo – they look lovely and tasty. Wish I hadn’t seen that wine though as just denying myself the pleasure of a glass tonight :(

  3. These look like the perfect savory bite!

  4. I agree — it was an assembly project, not so much a baking one. And I have no idea when I’d serve them again. But as always, I’m glad I tried the recipe.

    Congrats on the 5K!

  5. Love the pictures. Looks delicious!

  6. I liked that this was an assembly project – I think our next recipe will be a little more involved :-)
    Lovely picture

  7. The purses look wonderful. Savory was good this time round. Couldn’t participate though since phyllo is difficult if not impossible to find in Mumbai.

  8. I loved how easy these were and yet so elegant! Love your photos!

  9. Ahhh the rosé and pesto sound so good together! Did you happen to see what kind of grape the rosé was made of?

  10. Beautiful purses…and mortar and pestle. I’ve never made pesto in the m & p, but I like the idea of using arm power, like kneading dough by hand. Mine were also soft on the bottom, but we too ate ours with knife and fork, so it was fine.

  11. Nice! The parsley pesto added the perfect touch!

  12. Like the wine pairing with the great looking purses! I am still shying away from trying a mortar and a pestle. I have David Rocco’s books and he uses only this method when making pesto. I love running too!

  13. So scrummy! One to make this weekend i think!

  14. Muy ricos!

  15. These scallop and pesto purses are very delicious appetizers.

  16. looks yummy

  17. These look delicious! They’re going on my list. Thanks for the idea!


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