Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Pesto


When I think back to where I first saw this recipe I draw a blank. It was literally years ago, maybe even before the food channel. Now there are many variations in the ingredients and in the cooking method, but this is the way we have always prepared it.

The actual cooking of this dish is always done by my husband. He sears the scallops for a few minutes on each side and then puts a ½ teaspoon of pesto on top to finish them off. This is a great dish, simple enough for a week night meal and elegant enough to entertain. The pesto can be store bought or handmade. In the summer I make all my pesto from scratch because of my garden. During the winter I usually buy mine ready-made, unless it’s my carrot top pesto. (Recipe for another day). The prosciutto can be substituted with thinly sliced bacon, and shrimp or even chicken could be substituted for the scallops.

This would be great as an appetizer but we serve them as a topper for pasta, risotto or a mixed green salad. I served today’s dish with a kale and Israeli couscous.

Ingredients:

8 large, fresh scallops
Freshly ground black pepper, salt to taste
4 slices thin Prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
4 teaspoons pesto, divided
Olive oil

To prepare:

Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Wrap 1 strip of prosciutto around each scallop. Thread the scallops onto toothpicks (or skewers), securing the prosciutto to the scallop, set aside.


On medium-high heat add olive oil, when oil is hot; add prosciutto wraps scallops. Sauté the scallop on the prosciutto sides until lightly cooked and then, place the scallops right side up in the same pan and cooks 2 to 3 minutes, turn the scallops over and cook 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Turn back over and place a dollop of the pesto on top. Wait just about a minute to let the pesto start to melt.





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

67 comments:

  1. It's like you read my mind. I want to make scallop pasta for dinner tomorrow night :)

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  2. We love scallops, and this sounds really good. Never tried them with pesto before! :)

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    1. Hi Betty, we have been eating them this way for years. Love the pesto.

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  3. Wow, this looks like something from a fancy restaurant. Scallops wrapped in Prosciutto - wow! Love that you served it over kale and Israel couscous - love all those things.

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  4. I LOVE scallops! This is so beautifully prepared, Cheri. That couscous salad looks fantastic too.

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    1. Thanks Angie, they are one of my favorites too!

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  5. Love how simple this is! Everything is better with a dollop of pesto on top.

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  6. What a delicious way to prepare one of our favorite seafoods. The dollop of pesto would add such a nice fresh flavor. Happy Holidays, Cheri.

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  7. I love scallops and this is a nice variation for serving them that I haven't seen. Nice recipe!

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  8. Scallops and bacon are always a good match but I really like the idea of adding the pesto. :)

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    1. Hi karen, as someone else already said pesto makes everything taste better.

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  9. I love pesto. This looks absolutely delicious to me. Yummy. :)

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  10. We love scallops and Jacques makes our prosciutto..This will be on a menu in 2015.
    Thank you Cheri.

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    1. Hi Monique, oh homemade prosciutto! how wonderful!

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  11. This looks so good, Cheri! I wish we were having this for dinner tonight. I am going to save the recipe for another time, though. Thank you!

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  12. Scallops are so easy to prepare. And what an elegant appetizer or entree. I best consider these for New Year's!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, these would be perfect for New Year's!

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  13. I love pesto–I bet it gives this dish a great flavor!

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  14. I've made Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops so many times Cheri and never, ever have I thought to add pesto. What a GREAT idea!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Thanks Louise, pesto makes everything taste better!

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  15. That looks like a neat way to wrap the scallops..

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    1. Thank you! appreciate you stopping by. Happy Holidays!

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  16. So scrumptious looking, Cheri! Christmas is such a nice time for these treats. And I agree - they work well as an appetizer or topper - perfect! I've been craving more seafood lately and I have prosciutto in the fridge so I'm ready!

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    1. Hi Robyn, seafood is one of my favorite things. Happy Holidays to you!

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  17. These scallops look absolutely delicious, I love the pesto addition, it is the best flavour! :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Uru, pesto makes everything taste better.

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  18. My husband loves scallops so I will surprise him with this meal soon. I should have made pesto before my basil started to wane! Happy Holidays, Cheri!

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    1. Hi Susan, there are many times when closing out the garden that I think the same thing. Happy Holidays!

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  19. Goodness this sounds and looks delicious! What a treat these would be. Have a lovely weekend!

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  20. I love this recipe, Cheri. I think anything wrapped in prosciutto always turns out to be a winner. My husband is especially fond of scallops and I keep meaning to finally get it right (I never sear them properly). I will definitely try again!

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    1. Hi Monica, my husband usually cooks all the seafood, I always over cook everything. Happy Holidays!

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  21. This is just perfect for a quick weeknight meal. I have tried scallops wrapped in bacon and always ended up with overcooked scallops and perfectly cooked bacon, or perfectly cooked scallops and rubbery bacon. I. Think prosciutto is the perfect solution. Love the addition of the pesto! ~ David

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    1. Hi David, pesto makes everything taste better, right! Happy Holidays!

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  22. So elegant, Cheri...Somehow this Christmas season has brought many scallops onto my plate...And I'd love to see your rendition on my table next! Looking forward to your carrot top pesto recipe.

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    1. Thanks Kim, scallops are so quick to fix, my husband does the searing as I seem to always to overcook. Happy Holidays to you!

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  23. That's a very pretty appetiser. I love how versatile it is. As you've presented it, it looks very pretty xx

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  24. What a great recipe, perfect for a holiday party appetizer :)

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    1. Thanks Phi, scallops are good any way in my book. Happy Holidays!

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  25. A refined and festive dish! I love scallops wrapped in bacon.

    Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2015!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. I am such a big fan of scallops and they look amazing wrapped in prosciutto! Love that couscous salad too!

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    1. Thanks Kelly, I'm a big fan too. Happy Holidays!

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  27. This recipe looks fantastic. I would love to make it. Thank you so much and happy holidays!

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  28. Have never tried scallops ever. It is one of those things that are sort of exotic here. The dish looks so pretty and I am certainly tempted by it. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, the key is not to overcook it, which I always seem to do. My husband is the cook in this case.

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  29. This combination sounds delicious, Cheri! I love proscuitto and pesto!

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    1. Thanks Marcie, the pesto makes all the difference.

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    1. Thanks Chris, that's quite a compliment! Happy Holidays!

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  31. Oh, my gosh, what an elegant, intoxicating combination of ingredients. I love scallops and your recipe is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Liz, pesto and prosciutto are made for each other!

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  32. Admittedly I am only getting around to reading these posts now, but they still look delicious so that means something, no? :)

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