Like always, the other morning I was watching the Today Show. I normally have the television going while I do work and if something catches my attention I’ll look up from whatever it is I’m doing. When I heard something along the lines of “a twist on a classic BLT”… I obviously looked up and starred at the television until that segment came on Chef Jim Nuetzi from the Capital Grille showed how to make a Surf and Turf BLT. I, of course, made it that evening for dinner… I waste no time when bacon is involved. Although Chef Nuetzi’s recipe sounded really wonderful, in an effort to cut costs and not really waste food by purchasing too much at the grocery store (I’ve been throwing a lot out lately and it really saddens me!), I put my own more economical spin on it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
You can, of course, tweak the recipe however you’d like by adding or subtracting ingredients.
• scallops (the amount will vary on how many sandwiches you’re making. I used 3 per slice of bread)
• salt and pepper
• a nice thick bread, toasted. I used sourdough. I remembered I had a great salmon BLT on sourdough out in San Fran the last time I visited which is why I chose to use it.
• basil/parsley/other herbs
• several slices of bacon
• avocado, sliced
• tomato, sliced
• butter, for the pan
Here’s what you do:
• First, I rinsed the scallops, patted them dry with a paper towel then seasoned them with salt and pepper. I then seared them in a pan with some butter for about 2 minutes per side… until they were nice and browned.
• As the scallops were searing, I quickly made up a mayo spread that consisted of a diced shallot, fresh herbs, and a little lemon juice. I eyeballed the amount of all of the ingredients according to the amount of sandwiches I was making.
• After I spread the mayo on the toasted sourdough, I then layered all of the other components. Lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and topped it with the pan seared scallops.
I attempted to eat this with my bare hands at first, then decided to be a lady and use a fork and knife… it was getting a little messy Bacon makes almost everything better… bacon with scallops is a guaranteed success! This sandwich was nice and satisfying and was bursting with lots of flavor and textures… mmm! Not to mention it’s a terrific way to enjoy the last few unofficial days of summer!
What are some of your favorite end of summer dishes? Do share!