Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 8:06PM
This is the final recipe I made with the scallops. It's a really simple dish that can be a mid week treat as it's so quick to make. Smoked pancetta goes really well with the scallops and the crunch of the ciabatta gives a good contrast in texture.
Half a ciabatta loaf
two large handfuls of fresh salad leaves (watercress and rocket works well)
16 fresh queen scallops
a couple of handfuls of podded broad beans
8 rashers of smoked or ordinary pancetta
a tbsp of grated parmesan and parmesan shavings to garnish
A bay leaf
tbsp olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Walnut oil (optional)
Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the broad beans in a pan of unsalted water and add the bay leaf. Bring to the boil and cook for about 20 minutes until tender. Immediately refresh under cold water to keep their colour, then slip them out of their skins. Cut the ciabatta into 1 inch chunks, put in a bowl with salt and pepper, tbsp of grated parmesan and tbsp of olive oil and mix to combine. Spread out on a baking sheet and put in the oven for five to ten minutes to go golden and crispy. Place the scallops in a bowl and season lightly and dress with a little olive oil. Take each rasher of pancetta and tear in half then wrap each scallop in a piece of pancetta and place on a baking sheet. Cook for about eight minutes until the pancettta is starting to crisp slightly. While the scallops are cooking, dress the salad leaves and broad beans with a little extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Take the ciabatta and scallops out of the oven. Place a handful of salad and broad beans on each plate then add the scallops and the ciabatta and drizzle with a little walnut oil and garnish with parmesan shavings.