Many special occasion meals fall into that category because of their inherent complexity. Lots of steps, specialty ingredients or both may be involved. One of my ultimate meals for a special occasion is seared scallops with a simple butter sauce. It looks and tastes like it is involved and time consuming, but it truly could not be easier or faster.
Scallops take only a few minutes to cook. Any more and they will be overdone and chewy. This particular rendition includes a butter sauce that is both a little sweet and slightly spicy – so simple, and so very good. Served with some wilted spinach or roasted broccoli and your favorite starchy side (perhaps a rice pilaf or au gratin potatoes), you have a meal that will be sure to impress. If you are still looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day idea that won’t take a ton of time or ingredients, this is the answer.