maple-bacon seared scallops

reader recipe submitted by: Tracey Albo

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4-5 sea scallops
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon flour
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 slices bacon, diced
1-2 tablespoons homemade (or low-sodium) chicken stock
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped

  1. Remove any rough, crescent-shaped muscle from outsideof scallops and discard. Pat dry scallops. Season one side with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat.
  4. Add bacon to pan and cook until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Add scallops to pan, seasoned-side down, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Baste scallops with bacon fat as they cook. Turn scallops and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add chicken stock to pan to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of pan. Cook for another 1 minute. Add maple syrup mixture and cook until sauce starts to lightly bubble. Remove pan from heat andadd butter and sage. Stir in bacon and serve warm.

Serves 1-2.

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