This take on the classic bacon-wrapped appetizer uses prosciutto instead to wrap meaty scallops. High-quality Italian prosciutto, found at well-stocked supermarkets or Italian specialty stores, has an incomparable melt-in-your-mouth texture. It's more expensive, but you only need a little for this recipe. Make it a meal: Serve with an unoaked chardonnay and our recipe for Wild Rice Salad or whole-wheat orzo tossed with Parmesan cheese.
large dry sea scallops, (about 1 pound; see Note)
very thinly sliced prosciutto, (about 3 slices), cut into 12 long strips
extra-virgin olive oil
freshly grated lemon zest
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a large baking
sheet with cooking spray.
Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with lemon pepper. Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto
around each scallop. Thread 3 scallops crosswise onto each skewer (securing the prosciutto to the scallop) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon zest
, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon vinaigrette in a small bowl.
in a colander and rinse under cold water. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add handfuls of spinach (with water still clinging to it) to the pan and cook, stirring, until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the spinach and add to the medium bowl; toss to coat with the vinaigrette. Divide the spinach among 4 plates and top each portion with 3 scallops. Drizzle the scallops with the reserved vinaigrette.
Note: Be sure to buy "dry" sea scallops (scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops that have been treated with STP ("wet" scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are not only mushy and less flavorful, but will not brown properly.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Equipment: Four 10-inch metal or bamboo skewers
Calories 239, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 47 mg, Sodium 620 mg, Carbohydrate 6 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 23 g, Potassium 782 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 100%, Vitamin C 30%. Exchanges: Vegetable 1,Lean Meat 3,Fat 2.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet