Seared Scallops with Bacon


6 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 pound large sea scallops, about 16, sliced in half crosswise to form 2 rounds
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons minced shallot, about 2 shallots
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Heat a large saute pan over medium-low heat, and add bacon. Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Drain excess fat, leaving a thin coat on bottom of pan. Increase heat to medium, add scallops to pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until golden brown and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer scallops to the serving dish, and add shallots to pan. When shallots are translucent, add white wine; scrape browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in butter, and pour over scallops; top with reserved bacon. Serve over ribbon zucchini.

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