Scallops with Crisped Speck and Herbed Lentils

Scallops With Crisped Speck And Herbed Lentils

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  • 1 c
    fresh green lentils
  • 1 stalk(s)
    celery, cut into 1/4" dice
  • 1
    coarsely chopped shallot
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh thyme leaves
  • 1
    dried bay leaf
  • 3 Tbsp
    extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 tsp, plus more for drizzling
  • ·
    coarse salt
  • ·
    freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz
    italian speck, cut into 8 thin slices
  • 12
    sea scallops, tough muscles removed
  • 1 tsp
    finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp
    finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 c
    coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbsp
    finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 c
    baby spinach
  • 1 tsp
    balsamic vinegar

How to Make Scallops with Crisped Speck and Herbed Lentils


  1. Combine lentils, celery, shallot, thyme, and bay leaf in a saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes. Drain, and discard bay leaf. Return lentils to pan. Stir in 3 tablespoons oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Lay 4 slices speck in skillet in a single layer. Cook, pressing flat with a spatula and flipping slices if necessary, until crisp on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels in a warm place. Repeat with remaining 4 slices speck.
  3. Return skillet with drippings to medium-high heat. Season scallops on all sides with salt and pepper. Add to skillet, and cook, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown and centers are opaque, about 2 1/2 minutes per side.
  4. Add orange zest, lemon zest, parsley, and chives to the lentils, and stir to combine. Toss spinach with vinegar and remaining 2 teaspoons oil, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange scallops and lentils on 4 plates, and drizzle with oil. Top with speck. Place spinach next to lentils. Serve immediately.

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About Scallops with Crisped Speck and Herbed Lentils

Course/Dish: Pork Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Italian

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