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Scallop Skillet with Bacon, Edamame, Basil, and Creamy Grits

Photo: Con Poulos; Styling: Deborah Williams
Prep time 8 mins
Cook time 48 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Creamy Grits
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds sea scallops
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup shelled frozen edamame (green soybeans)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Creamy Grits; cover and keep warm.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 9 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

  3. Sprinkle scallops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat drippings over medium-high heat until hot. Add scallops, in 2 batches, and cook 3 minutes. Turn and cook 3 minutes. Remove scallops.

  4. Add butter to pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté, stirring often, 2 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and edamame; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add wine, and cook 30 seconds, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Add bacon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and tomatoes; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until tomatoes soften. Return scallops to pan; cook 1 minute or just until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and stir in basil. Serve over Creamy Grits.

  5. Note: Stir the grits just before serving, adding a small amount of hot chicken broth or water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.