Just imagine the wonderful taste of Sea Scallops made three different ways. Then placed on a bed of Creamy Spinach and sprinkled with grated carrots! This dish is pleasing to-the-eye and also not a very hard recipe to make either.
In a food processor chop up the baby spinach into small leaves (do not puree) and set aside.
Combine the nutmeg, Parmesan cheese, jalapeño peppers and set aside.
Put in a small dish the chopped up onions and set aside.
On a flat plate put in 2 tablespoons flour and set aside.
On another flat plate put in the bread crumbs, add and mix in the oregano and basil, set aside.
In a small cup put in the beaten egg and set aside.
COOKING THE SCALLOPS:
Heat 1 tablespoon margarine/butter & 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan, dredge four scallops in the flour, then dip into the beaten egg, then into the bread crumbs and place in the frying pan, cook on one side until brown, turn and cook the second side (do not overcook); set aside on a big plate.
Place 1 tablespoon of margarine/butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic in the same frying pan, add four scallops and fry on one side, turn over, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, cook on one side until brown, turn and cook the second side (do not overcook); set aside on the big plate.
Place bacon strips in the same frying pan, cook until almost done (do not over cook), then set aside. In the same frying pan add four scallops and fry on one side until brown, turn and cook the second side (do not overcook), next wrap the four scallops with the bacon strips (using toothpicks); set aside on the big plate.
COOKING THE CREAMED SPINACH:
In a pot add 2 tablespoons margarine/butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil, add 2 tablespoons flour and whisk until smooth, add the heavy cream and half & half cream a small amount at a time (whisking) until you have a smooth consistency.
Next add the reserved nutmeg, Parmesan cheese, jalapeño peppers, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir.
Next add the spinach, stir and then remove immediately from the heat, add the red onions, salt & pepper to taste, and set aside.
Finally step is to add some creamed spinach to individual plates, add one each of the three types of scallops on top, sprinkle with some grated carrots, add a little lemon juice on scallops and place lemon wedges on the side, heat the plate in a microwave oven for about 30 seconds just to warm up. Serve and enjoy!
NOTE: You can also add some cooked Russet or Yukon seasoned potatoes on the plate as well.