Thrift Shop Chef: Recipe – Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Braised Lentils and Baked Multi-Color Carrots

Braised Lentils

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lentils
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 qt salted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Dice your onions and carrots and place in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add olive oil to coat.
  2. Once vegetables start to sweat, add red wine vinegar (be careful, this will create some steam!).
  3. Add lentils and stir to coat.
  4. Add chicken broth and let simmer.
  5. Let simmer for 10 minutes, letting the lentils absorb the liquid.
  6. Taste to check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed. If not all liquid is absorbed, allow to simmer for a few more minutes.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Ingredients

  • 4 large scallops
  • ¼ lb. thick cut bacon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 skewers

Preparation

  1. Slice the edges of the bacon, length-wise, so that it’s width is the same as your scallops.
  2. Take a skewer and pierce the end of a piece of bacon, followed by a scallop, then wrap the bacon around that scallop. Add your second scallop and use the remaining length of the bacon to wrap around that scallop, forming a figure-8 pattern. Tuck the end flap of bacon in between the two scallops to keep it secure.
  3. Warm a cast iron pan over high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Place your skewered scallops into the pan, with one of the bacon sides down, so that the bacon’s fat renders out.
  5. After five minutes, turn the skewers to the opposite bacon side to continue rendering. Only flip when the bacon comes free easily. If it sticks to the pan, the fat is still rendering.
  6. Cook for another 5 minutes, then turn so the scallops are face down in the pan.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes then flip again to the opposite side of the scallops. Add a tablespoon of butter to your pan along with a few sprigs of thyme. Rotate the pan to allow the butter to coat the entire pan, then tilt the pan so the butter pools. Using a spoon, scoop some butter onto the top of your scallops to further brown them.
  8. Once all sides are browned, remove from pan and serve.

Multi-Colored Carrots

Ingredients

  • 8 miniature multi-colored carrots
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel your carrots to remove the outermost layer of skin.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add your carrots for 5 minutes. When your timer goes off, immediately submerge the carrots in an ice water bath to stop cooking.
  4. Toss your carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper, in an oven-proof pan. Place in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then slice your carrots length-wise and serve.