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Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad, pairs with Stephen Ross Pinot Noir
Recipe By Executive Chef Maegen Loring
1 Large Roasted Beet, Peeled
6 cups Mixed Greens
1 Bulb Thinly Sliced Fennel
½ Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette
½ Lb. Smoked Salmon
½ Cup Dried Cranberries
Toss the greens with the fennel and vinaigrette. Garnish with the beets, salmon and cranberries.
Juice of 1 Lemon
½ Cup of Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 cup Olive Oil
1 cup Canola Oil
In a medium sized bowl, add the mustard, vinegar, honey and lemon. Slowly whisk in the oils until fully incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Seared Day Boat Scallops with Crispy Prosciutto and Grilled Peaches
- 12 each large scallops
- 4 slices thin sliced prosciutto
- 2 each ripe yellow peaches
- Salt and Pepper
- Neutral oil for cooking
Preheat oven to 375. First crisp prosciutto on a sheet tray in the oven for about 10 minutes. Reserve prosciutto for later. Next, halve the peaches and scoop out the pit, then slice each half into 4 even wedges. Sprinkle peaches with salt and pepper. Over a hot grill, cook peaches for about 5 minutes on each side. You should see nice, dark, grill marks and the peaches should be soft, not mush. Now heat a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat and add enough neutral oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper, and add to the pan and cook on one side for about 7 minutes then turn and cook another 5 minutes. Arrange the Peaches on 4 separate plates, and then place scallops around the peaches. Top the dish with the crispy prosciutto and serve.
Recipe by Lido at Dolphin Bay Executive Chef, Jacob Moss.
Pairs with local Clesi Malvasia Bianca.
Pairing by Dolphin Bay & Spa Director of Food & Beverage, Todd Brown.
Todd also suggests pairing our summer dinner entrée, Wild Salmon with Summer Squash Succotash and Charred Tomatoes, with Chamisal Pinot Noir.
Salad fixings that pair well with summer wine favorites!
Roasted Bell Peppers
The Flying Auerbach
2 oz. Moonshine
1 oz. Sweet & Sour
½ oz. Simple Syrup
3-4 Slices of Fresh Jalapeño
4-6 Mint Leaves, torn
2-3 Basil Leaves, torn
1 Strawberry, quartered
3 wedges of Lime
1 oz. Soda Water
Muddle lime and strawberry in a pint glass. Add remaining ingredients, except soda water, including mint and basil. Shake over ice, and finish with soda water. Garnish with a lime or strawberry wedge and a sprig of mint.
Recipe courtesy of Lido at Dolphin Bay’s Mixologist Collin Tharp.
Grilled Scallops and Watermelon Salad
1 each Watermelon, approx. 5 pounds
½ cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
½ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp. Fresh Mint, Chopped
6 each Mint Sprigs, Whole
16 each Day Boat Scallops, Large
2 tbsp. Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper
Cut the top and the bottom off of the Watermelon. Cut the flesh from the Watermelon taking care to remove any white part of the rind. Cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds. Seedless watermelon is also an option. Place the Watermelon pieces and the sliced Red Onion in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the Vinegar, Salt and Pepper, and whisk until Salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the Olive Oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the Chopped Mint, taste, and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Refrigerate.
Lightly brush the Scallops with Oil and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper. Grill on hot grill, approximately two minutes on each side.
To serve, divide salad among individual plates. Place two Scallops on each salad. Garnish with Mint Leaves and Lime Wedges.
Recipe courtesy Executive Chef Maegen Loring of Lido at Dolphin Bay. Chef Maegen suggests pairing with a chilled glass of Rosé.
Carrot Fennel Soup
2 carrots peeled and chopped
½ yellow onion
1 bulb fennel
4 cloves garlic
2 bulbs ginger (4 tablespoons minced)
4 quarts vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup rice vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro for garnish
Coat the bottom of a large pot with neutral cooking oil. Sweat* the first 5 ingredients for about 15 minutes. Stir the vegetables often to prevent them from burning. Next, add vegetable stock and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the carrots are soft. Puree the soup and then stir in the remaining four ingredients. Garnish with cilantro leaves if desired. Serve hot or cold, and enjoy.
Seared Coriander Crusted Scallops with Cilantro and Radicchio Salad
1 Head of Radicchio, Shaved Thin
1 Bunch of Cilantro, Stems Removed
1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
12 Large Scallops
Salt and Pepper
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Toast coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, until uniformly browned. Grind coriander until fine, either with a mortar and pestle or a clean coffee grinder. Sprinkle scallops generously with salt, pepper and coriander. Heat a medium sauté pan on high for about two minutes, then add olive oil to coat the pan. As soon as the olive oil starts to smoke, add the scallops and cook on high for 5 minutes. Turn scallops over in the pan and reduce the heat to medium, continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Remove scallops from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate. In a small bowl, toss cilantro and radicchio with bacon vinaigrette to taste. Arrange salad and scallops on a medium sized platter. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve.
Pairs perfectly with Clesi ‘San Bernab’ Malvasia Bianca
2 Cups Raw Bacon, Diced
½ Cup Olive Oil
1 Whole Shallot, Diced
2 Green Onions, Diced
½ Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Fine Mustard
Salt and Pepper
In a medium sauté pan, crisp bacon. Strain bacon grease into a small bowl and place bacon on a paper towel lined plate. Mix olive oil in with bacon grease. In a metal bowl, whisk shallot, green onion, vinegar and mustard. Continue to whisk vigorously and slowly pour in oil mixture until emulsified. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper. Extra vinaigrette can be refrigerated for up to one week.
Recipe Courtesy of Executive Chef Jacob Moss
Wine Pairing Courtesy of Resident Sommelier Todd Brown
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Whole Milk
¾ Cup Caramel Sauce
6 Ounces Whiskey
¾ Cup Unsweetened Cream, Whipped
In a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the cream, milk and caramel sauce. Using a high quality caramel sauce will enhance the flavor. Warm over medium heat until steaming, but do not boil. Divide mixture into 6 coffee mugs. Add 1 ounce of Whiskey in each cup, we suggest Whistle Pig Rye; a top shelf whiskey that is spicy yet smooth. Top with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream and a pinch of sea salt. Enjoy!
Dessert Recipe Courtesy of Executive Chef Maegen Loring
Spirits Pairing Courtesy of Mixologist Collin Tharp