Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scallops and Bacon over Gnocchi

I spied a cheap package of gnocchi at the Moscow Food Co-Op, and since I never find gnocchi around here save for the ultra-expensive frozen kind, and since I simply never have time to make it by hand anymore, I snatched it up and immediately eyed the Beeler's Natural Bacon I placed in the cart a few minutes before. It was settled: I must combine these two loves of my life with my true soulmate, scallops. Of course, bacon and scallops is a pretty usual combination, but I loved the gnocchi in this dish. I added spinach to make up for the naughty bacon and to give it a little splash of color.

Scallops and Bacon over Gnocchi

Four sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
2 slices natural uncured bacon
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. gnocchi, cooked according to directions
2 cups baby spinach

1. Heat a skillet and cook bacon until done. Drain all but 2-3 tbsp. bacon grease and increase heat to medium high. Salt and pepper scallops, then add scallops to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes on one side, or until the bottom is browned. Turn over and cook another 1-2 minutes, making sure not to overcook (rubbery scallops are the worst). Remove scallops to a plate and keep warm. Chop bacon into pieces.

2. Decrease heat to medium-low and add spinach and garlic. Toss for 1-2 minutes and add cooked gnocchi to pan, along with bacon. Serve plated with 2 sea scallops on each plate.


  1. I was practically drooling over this post. I love gnocchi, infact I made it last night for dinner and blogged about it! I will add this recipe to my 'must try' list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. There's something about bacon and gnocchi that just beg to be placed together. Thanks for visiting! Your gnocchi post likewise made me drool!