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Baked Scallops With Bacon, Sauteed Apples, and Cider Sauce

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“The smoky taste of the bacon adds just the right counterpoint to the other ingredients.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Saute bacon in a large skillet over med-low heat just until it renders its fat, about 4 minutes, do not brown.
  3. Transfer to a piece of paper towel and drain.
  4. Discard the bacon fat and wipe the skillet clean.
  5. Lightly butter a medium baking dish and arrange the scallops in a single layer, leaving space between them; then place the bacon on top of the scallops.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes just until the bacon browns and the scallops are cooked.
  7. Meanwhile, beat the butter in the skillet until melted.
  8. Add the apple wedges and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.
  9. Saute over medium heat, stirring and turning until the apples are golden, about 5 minutes.
  10. When the scallops are cooked, remove from the oven and spoon off the juices; add the juices to the apples, along with the cider and lemon juice.
  11. Heat, stirring gently, over high heat until the juices boil and coat the apples, 3-4 minutes.
  12. Place the bacon-topped scallops on each of 4 dinner plates, dividing evenly.
  13. Arrange 4 apples slices in a fan design on each plate.
  14. Spoon the skillet juices over the scallops; season with salt and pepper and serve.

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