Scallops with Peperonata, Aioli & Pork Crackles


This dish is so easy to make and presents really well. Hubby thought I could easily sell lots of this as an entree at a restaurant, lol. This recipe was inspired by a recipe on taste.com.au but the difference is I made the peperonata instead of purchasing the jar and I topped it up with pork crackles for that extra crunch. Extremely happy with how this turned out.. I really hope you like this as much as I do!

Ingredients:
20 scallops without roe
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow capsicum / peppers, sliced
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
150g pork rind
Extra olive oil for grilling scallops and cooking pork rind
Salt and pepper to season
Rocket leaves to serve
1 tbsp aioli (garlic mayonnaise) to serve
Parsley flakes to serve


Method:
Generously season pork rind with salt and pepper and rub with olive oil. Place in ovenproof dish and cook in preheated oven at 200C for 20 minutes.

To make the peperonata, heat olive oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic, cook gently until softening but not browning, about 10 minutes. Add the yellow peppers and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, then remove from pan and set aside.

Heat clean pan and heat olive oil. Cook the scallops for approximately 30 seconds on each side until golden brown but still translucent in the centre.
To serve, start with a bed of rocket leaves, followed by peperonata, followed by scallops and chopped pork crackles when pork rind is cooked. Scoop aioli on the side of dish and garnish with parsley flakes.


40 comments:

  1. Kim:
    This looks really tempting!
    Scallops and Crispy Pork rind, what a match.

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  2. pork crackles! Oh god! *drool*

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  3. Hey Kim,

    You always innovate beautifully...That looks so tempting...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  4. Your hubby is right, I would find it hard to go past this on a menu. Let us know when you're going to open up the restaurant :D

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  5. I would think this is form some fancy restaurant too! As if the scallops weren't enough, pork cracklins!

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  6. you got me at the cracklings. Love pork cracklings. I could eat them all day, but I know I shouldn't. :)
    the whole dish looks delicious.

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  7. This recipe looks so fancy that it's hard to believe that it's so easy to make. I want some now and its only 8:30 in the morning!

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  8. Love the combination of the pork rind cracklings scallops, and peperonata....and so pretty too!

    Kimba-You seem to have overlooked the Lovely Blog Award list, You are being awarded!
    Come back to my blog, and collect your award. You certainly deserve it, over, and over, again!

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  9. I LOVE scallops, but the rest of the family isn't as fond of them. I bet with those crackles I could make scallop fans out of them, too! This looks amazing.

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  10. Cracklins - the next best thing to bacon - Love the crunchy / soft texture parings!

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  11. If this was in a restaurant I would be ordering, haha! From looking at the ingredients list I didn't even know scallops could come with roe. Never seen that posted at the markets. This really looks upscale and elegant for a romantic night for two. Mr. Sideline Chef doesn't like scallops so it might be a meal for one, haha!

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  12. This looks fantastic! I haven't had scallops in a long time either. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. how brilliant does this look! What a fabulous blog you have. I am a new follower!

    xo

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  14. Beautiful dish! The aioli and the pork crackles really sound amazing with this. Scallops are a favorite in our house...yum!

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  15. Kimba, your pictures rock! Congrats on being on the foodbuzz front page too!! And thanks for the kind comment on the website I have under construction. As you well know, building websites is a challenge :-)

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  16. 3 of my favourite ingredients in 1 fabulous dish. There is a heaven!

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  17. Kimberly, I love how you combined cracker and scallop together. Brighten up the whole dish. And sounds so scrumptious as well. Hope you're having a fabulous day.
    Kristy

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  18. I love scallops especially when they are really fresh and juicy. :)

    I love your idea of putting pork crackling and scallops together. :)

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  19. Hey Kimba! This dish is beautiful, and I can see that it is delicious! I need to see if I can find some scallops around here and make something like it;)

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  20. I wish my husband liked scallops, because I see such beautiful dishes like this one that are relatively straightforward to prepare, and I know I would be the only one eating it! Looks great.

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  21. scallops are so tasty, You have a great bunch of cooking here, it must have taken you years to collect all the recipes on your site.
    well done
    Alex

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  22. I want to be your next door neighbor so I can visit you at meal times! :) Beautiful!

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  23. Delicious!! I am always looking for new ways to make scallops. Your photos are amazing! Now the question is, which one of your recipes do I try first?!

    Bravo Chef :]

    <3Marea @www.TheFoodieFixx.blogspot.com

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  24. Beautiful as ever! Pork AND scallops? I'm there, dude.

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  25. Outstanding photos of gorgeous food! Scallops look amazing!

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  26. I absolutely love this recipe! The pork cracklings on top were just the right touch! I wish this was physically in front of me right now!

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  27. You are honestly reading my mind with some of these recipes! I've been wanting to try a scallop recipe in forever and just haven't found the right one! :) I think I did now!

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  28. The pork cracklings are a really smart twist on the classic bacon-wrapped scallops. Nice!

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  29. Super recipe. And you're absolutely right.... it presents beautifully.

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  30. You have such a lovely site here with beautiful pictures and recipes.
    This recipe looks super scrumptious! Very nice.
    Cheers~

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  31. I'm not sure which draws me to this dish more, the scallops, aioli or pork crackles. It all sounds and looks delicious!

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  32. This looks so good ..your hubby is cent per cent right.
    Love the bright colors n flavors.

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  33. Been meaning to comment on this since seeing this in my Foodbuzz inbox--it sounded so good! Now that I'm here--it looks great, too. It's funny, my husband says the same of dishes he likes: "You can sell a lot of this!". They're funny. :-)

    And by the way...you made your own crackling? Impressed!

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  34. I love scallops, and your pictures are amazing. Will have to try this one!

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  35. I adooore scallops! they're called "vieiras" in spanish, which is the weirdest name, and they're impossible to find, which I really hate... Wish I could prepare this recipe, specially to try the scallops with the pork. We have a pork rind thing here called "Chicharrones", which is basically that but deep fried, it's really popular, specially the ones made with the actual pork meat... mmm...

    Anyways, thanx! If I ever do find some scallops to cook, I'll definnetly come back and steal your recipe!

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