Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette

Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette www.bellalimento.com

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. You know what that means…Bacon! What, bacon didn’t come to your mind first? Pfft. Bacon always comes to my mind. Bacon makes everything better. It’s the truth. Including seared scallops. We’ve drizzled those golden goodies with a warm creamy bacon vinaigrette and topped them off with a bacon crumble. Yeah. It’s good stuff. Really really good stuff. I wish I had some eloquent string of adjectives to dazzle you with but truth is these don’t need some fancy schmancy intro. They’re just really really good.

Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette www.bellalimento.com

If you’re staying in this Friday for big puffy heart day (we most definitely are), you should try these out. Seared scallops aren’t difficult. People just make them seem that way. The hardest part is not touching them while they’re cooking. That’s right you have to LEAVE THEM ALONE. They’ll release from the pan when they’re good and ready golden. Then you give them a flip and do it again. You can do that. I have faith in you.

 

Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette www.bellalimento.com

We did say seared scallops with creamy bacon vinaigrette. Saucy. We like things saucy. The vinaigrette is all about the bacon. You’re going to want to drown the scallops in this creamy sauce of bacon bliss but resist. A drizzle is all you need. Okay maybe a spoonful. Definitely a spoonful.

Baci!
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Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Vinaigrette

Preparation 2017-04-26T00:00:00+00:00
Cook Time 2017-04-26T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices Smithfield thick cut bacon - diced
  • 1/2 onion - minced
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 1/4 cup stock
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 pounds scallops
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Into a medium skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Transfer bacon to a sheet lined with a paper towel. Set aside.
  2. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Add onion to skillet and cook until softened. Add: sherry and stock. Whisk mustard into sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Strain sauce into a bowl (discard onions). Set aside.
  4. Pat scallops dry and season with salt/pepper.
  5. Add coconut oil to cleaned skillet and heat over medium heat. Add scallops, careful not to crowd the pan (do this in batches if necessary) and cook undisturbed for approximately 2-3 minutes OR until a golden crust has formed. Flip and continue cooking until reverse side is seared.
  6. Serve scallops with a drizzle of creamy bacon vinaigrette and a crumble of bacon.

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24 Comments

  1. 1

    Bacon absolutely makes everything better, and I love that gorgeous crust you managed to get on these scallops…what a perfect light dinner.

  2. 2
    Angie /

    These scallops are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Just love them!

  3. 3

    Mmmm, this looks so yummy. And bacon vinaigrette, HELLO LOVER.

  4. 4

    Love this recipe…I love scallops! These scallops look perfect to me and so good. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    I like saucy too. Bring on the bacon vinaigrette! 😀

  6. 7

    Scallops are definitely a favorite of mine. These look great on top of greens.

  7. 8

    Love this elegant meal, Paula! Your bacon vinaigrette sounds out of this world, too.

  8. 9

    I adore scallops. Bacon will totally make them better. Gorgeously seared! This is the perfect Valentine’s dish.

  9. 10

    Paula, this looks simply amazing! The scallops look perfect but that dressing, wow!

  10. 11
    Safi S. Ayamunongo /

    This looks yummy!

  11. 12

    Scallops sound like the perfect way to celebrate!

  12. 13

    LOVE this! We are having ravioli tonight…I think it deserves this creamy bacon vinaigrette!

  13. 14

    I totally think of bacon when I think of Valentine’s Day! LOl… although I think of bacon daily. Loving the bacon vinaigrette!

  14. 15

    My hubby would weep of happiness. I have to make this happen soon.

  15. 16

    Everything about this speaks to me! It’s just gorgeous!

  16. 17

    Looks so delicious Paula!

  17. 18

    What a great idea…these are so beautiful, Paula!! I want two plates of this now!

  18. 19

    Wow, this looks really good. I am a sucker for bacon and this recipe looks nice and easy. Thanks for sharing!

  19. 20

    This definitely looks like a Valentine’s worthy dish, and I LOVE scallops, but hubby can’t eat them 🙁 I’ll save this one for any time he’s eating out!

  20. 21

    Well, what’s not to love about this? Pinned.

  21. 22

    Bacon is always on my mind. Scallops are a favorite of mine, and these look wicked delicious. Pinned.

  22. 23

    Oh my gosh, that vinaigrette is calling my name! You can’t go wrong with bacon!

  23. 24

    Valentine’s day is over but the boyfriend’s birthday is in a couple of weeks and he is going to go CRAZY when I make this for him!

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