Seared Scallops with Pickled Peppers and Onions

Scallops can be a little pricey but if you watch, they do go on sale every now and then. This was one of those times that Whole Foods was running a special and I took full advantage.

The sea scallop is the largest of the scallops. You usually get around 10 scallops in one pound. They can be bought fresh or frozen, Scallops freeze well, so if they are on sale or you buy too many, freeze them for later use. The raw meat is creamy white in color and sometimes slightly orange due to the food (algae) they consume. Scallops have a distinct, sweet odor when they are fresh. Always take care not to overcook them; they toughen easily. As soon as they lose their translucence and turn opaque, they are done.

This recipe from Cook's Country highlights the natural sweetness of scallops and counters that sweetness with citrus and briney peppers. The ingredient list is short, as well as the time you will spend prepping and cooking. My favorite part about this dinner is how stunning it looks on the plate - pretty enough and definitely tasty enough to serve to company.