Seared Scallops on Summer Corn & Cherry Tomatoes (with Bacon!)
Hello scallop people, you know who you are.
I know people adore scallops!
I am not a scallop person and I'm not sure why.
They have a nice taste and are easy to make, but I never order them or prepare them at home, ever.
I think it's a texture thing.
I took the plunge and bought a bag of frozen sea scallops at Costco for $22. Why not?
I'll give them a try again.
I could be a scallop person after making this dish.
This is SO EASY.
I think this is best when you use fresh summer corn (preferably from NJ!) and summer cherry tomatoes.....along with basil from your garden.
This was EXCELLENT. Restaurant quality.
Here's how I made it: for 2 people
8 sea scallops (use as many as you like)
2 ears of fresh corn, sliced off the cob
1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 slice of bacon, minced
olive oil or butter (about a tbsp)
fresh basil leaves
Pat your scallops dry with paper towels and season with kosher salt & pepper. Set aside.
In a large heavy skillet, cook the bacon bits until crisp. Remove to a plate and set aside.
I added a tablespoon of butter to the pan with the small amount of bacon fat, you can add olive oil if you like.
Sear the scallops for 1-2 minutes on each side (depending on the size). No more or you will ruin them.
Remove them from the pan and set aside while you saute the corn and tomatoes.
Add in the corn and halved tomatoes and cook in the pan for only a minute or two.
Plate the corn and tomatoes on a platter and lay the scallops on top of the mixture. Sprinkle with the bacon bits and basil leaves.
So easy and so good!