Today, we celebrate the wonderful flavor of bacon, arguably America’s favorite food, by sharing this delicious recipe for all bacon lovers to enjoy!
This dish features our Dreymiller and Kray Smoked Bacon as well as our fresh bay scallops. Whether you are simply looking to try something different for dinner or having a special dinner date, this recipe is easy and sure to please. It is great served with some greens and/or with a baked butternut squash topped with nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter.
Bay Scallops and Applewood Bacon with Port Reduction
For port reduction:
- 2 cups Ruby Port (500 ml)
- 1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 3-5 fresh mint leaves, torn into bits
*This reduction is quite sweet on the palate, so vary the amount of sugar based on personal preference.
- 6 thin crosswise slices applewood-smoked bacon (1/4 lb), cut into thirds
- 18 bay scallops
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Special equipment: wooden picks
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 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to warm.
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.