Sunday, October 4, 2009

A recipe for Pancetta-wrapped Scallops

I love pancetta. It adds so much to any dish that you make with it. The rich, savory flavor of it compliments and intensifies any food that it's cooked with.

This recipe for pancetta-wrapped scallops is incredibly simple, but very impressive. There are only three ingredients in it. I serve it as an appetizer either on its own or over a bed of sauteed greens. This recipe serves two or four.

Pancetta-wrapped Scallops

Rinse and pat dry:

4 large scallops

Leaving the flat ends open, wrap the scallops with:

4 slices pancetta (one slice per scallop)

You can use any style of pancetta. I uncurl it if I'm using a rolled pancetta. If sliced thin, the pancetta will stick to itself at the end of the wrapping process.

Heat a cast-iron pan or another pan that can sear your scallops nicely (not a non-stick pan) on medium-high. When it's hot enough to make a splash of water sizzle, add:

1-2 Tbsp olive oil or butter

The fat should heat up right away and become a thin liquid in the pan. Tilt the pan to spread it around. Place your wrapped scallops in the pan, flat side down. Sear for about 2 minutes, or until well-browned. With tongs, carefully turn each scallop over to sear the other side. Once all scallops are flipped, turn off the heat on the burner. let the scallops cook on the second side for 1-2 minutes, or just until they start to firm up slightly. Serve.

For other recipes involving beautiful pancetta, see my recipe for Traditional Italian Pasta Carbonara and Pancetta Rolls Stuffed With Goat Cheese.

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10 comments:

Ethan Brown said...

This. Is. Pure. Food porn.

My mouth watered when I saw the title. I'm not going to say what happened when I looked at the pictures.

Pam said...

Awesome!

Amy said...

Oh how I love the sweet, buttery taste of scallops balanced with the saltiness of bacon. I have never used pacetta, but I think you may have just improved upon perfection!
It will be on the menu in my house very soon.

Cheryl said...

Yum yum yum. I made my dad bacon wrapped scallops for his b-day. I bet pancetta would be delicately delicious!

CinnamonQuill said...

These are fancy!!!

Gina said...

Thanks everyone for the comments! Let me know if you try making them - I'd love to hear how they turn out.

Kathy said...

Those look like perfection. Can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said...

These are beautiful. I love pancetta, too. It's the only kind of bacon I can find without any sugar. I used it to make mustard greens the other night - they turned out beautifully.

We love scallops - I am sure that the pancetta would add lots of great flavor.

Gina said...

Amy,

That's a good point about pancetta not having any sugar. I was just discussing the differences between bacon and pancetta last night, and my friend and I decided that the smokiness of bacon really overwhelms the more subtle flavors of the meat. I think that holds true for the sugar in bacon, too. I think pancetta adds a nice counterpoint to the scallops without overwhelming their flavor.

Linda said...

My brother does bacon wrapped scallops and I love them.

Thanks for the pie crust tip!