Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon

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A tangy, buttery white wine and grapefruit sauce with smoky bacon is the perfect accompaniment to sweet sea scallops. Slideshow: Fantastic Scallop Recipes 

Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
Total Time:
35 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 large grapefruit

  • 3 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1-by- 1/4-inch matchsticks

  • 1 1/4 pounds sea scallops (about 20)

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup minced onion

  • 1/2 cup Sauvignon Blanc

  • 2 tablespoons drained capers

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Using a sharp knife, peel the grapefruit, removing all of the bitter white pith. Working over a bowl, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Squeeze the juice from the membrane into another bowl; you should have about 3 tablespoons of juice.

  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer it to a small plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat.

  3. Season the scallops with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned, 3 minutes. Turn the scallops, add the onion and cook over moderate heat until the scallops are just cooked through, 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

  4. Add the wine and grapefruit juice to the skillet and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cook, scraping up any browned bits. Strain the liquid into a heatproof cup, then return it to the skillet. Add the capers and butter and cook, shaking the pan, until the sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the scallops and any juices to the skillet; turn to coat them with the sauce. Add the grapefruit sections and bacon and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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