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Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

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Ingredients

  • 3 center-cut bacon slices $
  • 1 1/2 pounds jumbo sea scallops (about 12)
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided $
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided $
  • 1 cup chopped onion $
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 12 ounces fresh baby spinach $
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional) $

Details

Adapted from cookinglight.com

Preparation

Step 1

1. Cook bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; coarsely chop and set bacon aside. Increase heat to high.

2. Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add scallops to drippings in pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a plate; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add half of spinach; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add remaining half of spinach; cook 2 minutes or just until wilted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Divide spinach mixture among 4 plates; top each serving evenly with crumbled bacon and 3 scallops. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired.

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