New Year’s Eve is soon and with it comes lavish parties, champagne…and food. As if that was something we needed after the last few weeks of Christmas cookies and the overstuffed bellies at Thanksgiving. So how is it possible to enjoy the season’s revelry without having to buy a bigger pair of pants? Find a few luxurious looking appetizers like these Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze spoons that come with a low caloric load to serve as party food. They don’t look like they’re healthy on purpose, so they almost feel like cheating. As a bonus, this healthy appetizer is gluten-free and the perfect accompaniment for a glass of champagne.
This recipe for Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze was originally written out to serve as a full meal. All the fantastic flavors that are in it made it perfect for shrinking down to a bite-size appetizer, but you will need to find a few wonton spoons to serve them up. The only significant change I made to the recipe was to use small scallops instead of the larger variety. You can’t quite fit a large scallop gracefully in your mouth in a single try, so the smaller bay scallop is a much better choice. I also found it wasn’t entirely necessary to sprinkle the scallops with sugar.
To assemble the scallops as an appetizer, lay a small bed of sautéed spinach in the wonton spoon, then a seared scallop, and drizzle with the pomegranate glaze. Add a few pomegranate seeds on top for garnish, and they’re ready to serve. The contrasting textures and sweet and tart flavors with a little bit of spice made for one amazing mouthful.
Not only is this appetizer healthy, it’s super quick to make. It took me 20 minutes to plate up about two dozen spoons. Speedy fancy appetizers are a boon for any hostess busy with party preparations!
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