Scallops with bacon and spring onions

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time8 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
5 slices streaky bacon
Salt and black pepper
18 sea scallops
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil, 2 turns of the pan
4 spring onions chopped
Crab dip, store bought
Asparagus spears, blanched
1 crusty baguette, sliced at bakery counter
1) Crisp streaky bacon in frying pan, under the grill or in microwave, whichever you prefer. Work on the dip whilst the bacon cooks. When bacon is crisp, drain and chop

2) Preheat a nonstick pan over high heat for scallops.

3) Season scallops with salt and pepper. To very hot skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil, then place 9 scallops in the pan, about 2cm apart. Sear scallops 2 minutes on each side or until caramelized and opaque. Transfer to a platter and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Repeat with remaining scallops.

4) To serve, top scallops with chopped bacon bits and spring onions by scattering them evenly over the plattered scallops. Place party picks in a shot glass or small dish and set them on/near platter. Place the crab dip on a large serving platter or board and surround with asparagus spears and sliced baguette, for dipping and spreading.

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