How to make it

  • Make Port reduction:
  • Bring Port, superfine sugar, peppercorns, and mint to a simmer in a 2-quart saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, then carefully ignite Port with a kitchen match, letting flames die down (this will take a few minutes). Simmer over moderately low heat until sauce is thickened and reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to warm.
  • Cook scallops:
  • Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, then cook bacon until some fat has rendered and edges of bacon start to brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
  • Pat scallops dry and season with salt and pepper. When bacon is cool enough to handle, wrap a piece of bacon around each scallop and pierce scallop with a wooden pick to secure.
  • Heat oil and butter in cleaned skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté scallops, turning over once, until bacon is browned and scallops are opaque, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and serve with Port reduction for dipping.
  • Cooks' notes:
  • • Scallops may be wrapped in bacon, but not sautéed, 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Sauté just before serving.
  • • Port reduction may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat before serving.
  • Makes 6 hors d'oeuvre or first-course servings.

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  • gottaluvit 9 years ago
    Sounds Yummy!
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  • merlin 10 years ago
    Very creative.
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  • absinthebride 10 years ago
    This looks SO good!
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  • shandy 10 years ago
    WoW! Yum. This sounds wonderful. I just had the luxury of trying a glass of 40 year old Port. That was excellent. The Port Reduction would definitely stand out with a milder flavored seafood such as the scallops. Thank you for sharing a great recipe. :D
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  • szq 10 years ago
    Great use of the bottle of port I was saving.
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  • pudgy47 10 years ago
    Super recipe, love the ingredients for your sauce. Will make. Thanks
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