Sea Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

I made some quick and easy scallops tonight.  Very rich and delicious; bacon and spinach go so well with seafood.  I served it over a combination of rice and orzo  and had some crusty bread on the side.  It could have used some herbs perhaps but the simple salt and pepper combination worked well while letting the flavors stand out on their own.

Sea Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 12 o.z. scallops
  • 3 o.z. spinach
  • salt and pepper

Cut bacon into small pieces. Fry over medium heat until crispy about 5 minutes.

Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

Reserve bacon grease in skillet.  Drain scallops well and heat bacon grease over medium high heat.

Add skillet to hot bacon fat and sear on one side for 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Flip over scallops.  Top with spinach; cover with lid and cook for an additional minute or two.

Serve over rice or pasta.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

 

 

Orzo Pilaf ~ orzo pasta with peas cooked in chicken broth

Just a quick post today.  Wanted to share the orzo pasta I cooked for Charles’ lunch.  Simple yet tasty; a nice alternative to rice.  I simply used homemade chicken stock, garlic powder, salt and pepper but you could jazz this up with some spice or herb combination as desired.

Orzo Pilaf

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/2 tsp each ~ salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas.

Bring chicken stock to simmer over medium high heat.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and orzo and cook for about 9 minutes uncovered. Stir in frozen peas and bring back to light boil.  Cover, remove from heat and let rest about 10 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

 

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp with Orzo

I often forget about orzo, but it is one of my favorite pastas.  I enjoy the shape and the size.; often times I use it with rice for a tasty pilaf.  Today’s recipe is for garlic parmesan shrimp.  I had thought I would have this with spaghetti or angel hair but I was fresh out hence the orzo.

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp

  • 12 o.z. large shrimp ~ peeled and deveined
  • 6 cloves garlic ~ minced
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan ~ plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo ~ cooked according to package

Over medium high heat melt butter; add shrimp; season with garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper ~ cook about 4-6 minutes or until cooked through.  Stir in parmesan and cooked and drained orzo (do not rinse).  Grate extra parmesan over top just before serving if desired.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly