Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Bacon-Cream Sauce

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Cooking Method:
Pan Searing / Pan Roasting Pan Searing / Pan Roasting
Prep Time :
20 min - 25 min
Servings :
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    1 lb. scallops
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    1/4 lb. bacon, thickly sliced and then cut into medium dice or lardons
    2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    2 large shallots, thinly sliced
    2 tbsp. parsley, chopped fine, plus 1 tbsp. for garnish
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 tbsp. chives, finely chopped
    Sea salt, to taste
    Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste


    Pat the scallops dry and set aside.
    Heat the olive oil in a large sauté or frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the bacon and sauté until the bacon is rendered and crispy.
    Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
    Increase the heat to high, adding the scallops to the pan and sauteing for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side—until a golden brown crust develops. Turn and brown the other side. Remove the scallops to a plate and set aside.
    Return the bacon to the pan and add the butter, shallots, and parsley, and sauté 1 minute.
    Reduce the heat to medium and add the cream. Simmer until sauce has reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes, and coats the back of a spoon.
    Return the scallops to the pan to warm through, coating with the sauce.

Serving Suggestions:

To serve, ladle a couple of tablespoon of sauce on a serving plate, top with scallops, spoon some additional sauce on the scallops and garnish with chives, chopped parsley, and fresh-cracked pepper.