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Success! A few weeks back I posted a list of great date night meals and yesterday I finally made an attempt at the first one that drew me in. And it was delicious. And incredibly simple! My only recommendation would be to follow the directions for the polenta from the package (if there are some). My first batch turned out a bit runny because the kind in my cupboard called for less water. But overall the dish was creamy, rich and the perfect date night meal. I’d spoon the mushroom sherry sauce over just about anything!

Scallops with Wild Mushrooms, Sherry & Polenta
adapted from bon appetit

9 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 ounces fresh mushrooms (such as oyster, chanterelle, stemmed shiitake, or crimini)
2 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup amontillado Sherry
1/4 cup low-salt chicken broth
1/4 cup whipping cream
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
1 cup polenta
1 pound scallops

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and thyme. Sauté until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add green onions; sauté 1 minute. Add sherry; boil until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add broth. Boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add cream; simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
Bring 3 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook polenta until tender, adding more water as needed if too thick, and whisking frequently, about 20 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
Reheat mushroom mixture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in another large skillet over high heat. Add scallops and sauté until just translucent in center, about 1 minute. Stir scallops and juices into mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon scallop mixture over polenta and serve.

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As I mentioned in the last post, we’re not really the type that go out on Valentine’s Day. Even though going out to dinner is my favorite splurge ever, we seem to do it often enough that a really special night in feels even more special. Thus begins my search for a great date night meal.
I bookmarked thekitchn‘s list of great date meals quite a while ago, but I have yet to try one. Maybe it’s just because they’ve been labelled with that extra bit of fancy, and I’ve just been saving them for that perfect occasion for a bit too long. The scallop recipe stole my heart first – now to just actually get it together and try it!

What’s your favorite date night meal?

My darling husband and I did a little bar hopping last night for our date night. A glass of wine for me and a beer for him, plus an appetizer to share at each stop. So fun! If you’re in Seattle, check out Capitol Club for a lovely, long happy hour (until 8!) and fantastic falafel; Kiki for their Pork Belly Fried Rice; and 611 Supreme for the best crepes in town and a delicious drink menu.


The shot of the fried rice is a little sad, but we had scarfed most of it down before I thought to snap a picture off! We’re so fortunate having so many great eateries around us. Makes for a quick trip home once we’ve stuffed ourselves.