Bay Scallops And Applewood Bacon With Port ReductionFrom darbar 7 years ago
- For Port reduction shopping list
- 2 cups ruby port (500 ml) shopping list
- 1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar shopping list
- 1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns shopping list
- 2 fresh mint leaves, torn into bits shopping list
- For scallops shopping list
- 6 thin crosswise slices applewood-smoked bacon (1/4 lb), cut into thirds shopping list
- 18 bay scallops (preferably Nantucket; 1/3 lb), tough muscle from side of each discarded if attached shopping list
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil shopping list
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter shopping list
- Special equipment: wooden picks shopping list
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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