Seared Diver Scallops with Bacon and Whole Grain Mustard Rub

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 31 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 16 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 slices smoked bacon

3 tablespoons whole grain mustard

16 scallops, U 10 dry pack preferred

Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes, recipe follows

Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes:

1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

3/4 cup sour cream

2 pounds small red potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

2 teaspoons roasted garlic

1 teaspoon House seasoning, recipe follows

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 tablespoon chopped chives

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Cut the bacon in quarters and put it and the and mustard in a food processor and puree until a smooth paste consistency. Coat scallops with puree. Using a frying pan, sear the scallops in a little oil. Place scallops in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove scallops and allow to rest for 2 minutes before serving. Place creme fraiche mashed potatoes on each of 4 plates and top each with 4 scallops.

Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Prepare the creme fraiche ahead of time by combining 1 cup of the heavy cream with 1/2 cup of the sour cream, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. Stir well and refrigerate for 4 hours. 
  2. Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water, and add salt. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes, and drain. With an electric mixer, beat the potatoes with the cream cheese, the remaining sour cream, and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, garlic, house seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir in the butter and onions. Place the mashed potatoes in a lightly greased 2-quart round casserole, spoon the creme fraiche on top, and sprinkle with chives. Bake until potatoes are hot, approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

House Seasoning:

  1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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