I have always been a seafood lover. I could eat fish every day — salmon, cod, shrimp, mussels, mahi, every kind of sushi under the sun — you get the picture. Unfortunately, most of the affordable fish found in the supermarket today is farm-raised, imported crap. Gratefully, there are still a few places around here where you can get fresh, wild-caught goodness. Unfortunately (again), it comes with a price tag to match. That said, nutritious, organic food is one of the few indulgences that we cave to as often as we can afford.
Last week, I picked up these delicious jumbo scallops. They were out of this world. Scallops are a rare treat — I can count on two hands how many times I’ve prepared them in my lifetime. Since I’m not a scallop-expert I ventured to Pinterest in search of the perfect recipe. I found this one, which looked amazing, and just happened to have all of the necessary ingredients.
If I had to choose one word for this dish, I’d choose divine. It’s a bit light, so I served it with a heaping side of mushroom risotto, not pictured here.
3 bacon slices
1 1/2 pounds jumbo sea scallops (about 10-12)
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, sliced
12 ounces fresh baby spinach
Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Leave drippings in pan. Coarsely chop bacon, and set aside. Increase heat to high.
Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Add scallops to drippings in pan; cook two-and-a-half minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a plate; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-high.
Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add half of spinach; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add remaining half of spinach; cook 2 minutes or just until wilted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in remaining salt and pepper to taste.
Divide spinach mixture among plates; top each serving evenly with chopped bacon and scallops. Serve immediately.
If you like scallops, you’ve got to give this recipe a try. It’s really simple to make, but it looks & tastes gourmet. What about you, any favourite seafood dishes? I’d love to hear them.