Wednesday, November 4, 2009

That's a Good Man.

My man. He made quite the dinner tonight. Bay scallops wrapped in applewood bacon with a port reduction sauce. He was so proud of himself. We even sat the table, which we never do since it's just the two of us. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was an appetizer. It was really quite delicious. Here is the recipe from

For Port reduction
2 cups Ruby Port (500 ml)
1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 fresh mint leaves, torn into bits

For scallops
6 thin crosswise slices applewood-smoked bacon (1/4 lb), cut into thirds
18 bay scallops (preferably Nantucket; 1/3 lb), tough muscle from side of each discarded if attached
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

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 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to warm.

Cook scallops:
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.


New England Girl said...

Mmmm... that looks delicious!! I am SO copying this recipe down. And you couldn't tell him it was an appetizer... we have to appreciate every single time they go out of their way in the cooking dept, haha! {i am SO envious of those girls whose boyfriends/husbands do all of the cooking...} :)

Tattered Goods said...

YUMMY... the Hubs and I love scallops, we go to PF Changs and get the Kung Poa Scallops delicious... I love the newest addition to the family to sweet ;) have a great day Sassy!


Kristin said...

That sounds just heavenly. I particularly enjoy the addition of bacon. Ah ha

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Sounds delicious - a man that cooks? Wonder what that would be like.

undomestic chica said...

Looks yummy! I may have to try these