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Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

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New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time for a gourmet dinner. My husband and I love to ring in the new year with scallops. Today we are sharing one of our favorite elegant dinners of Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops. It is topped with a delicious Balsamic Glaze and Dates. The prosciutto adds a delicate crispness to the fork tender scallops. We add a quality 18-year Balsamic Vinegar providing a wonderful smooth richness. Lasty, the dates introduces a layer of sweetness. We hope you enjoy one of our favorite meals!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops plated on a large decorate plate with sauce poured over them topped with dates
Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops Plated

Making the Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

My preference is to use fresh scallops over the frozen variety. Unfortunately the frozen scallops dramatically reduce in size when cooking them. Given the cost of scallops, we only purchase fresh. We start with trimming the side muscle from the scallops. Then gently rinse and dry each scallop. Once dried, wrap each scallop with a slice of prosciutto around the wide portion of the scallop. Seal with a toothpick if desired. Do not use colored toothpicks because the color can bleed during the cooking process. Season the scallops with freshly ground salt and pepper. This step can be done ahead of time with keeping the scallops in the refrigerator.  

When ready to serve the Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops, make the glaze by adding the BV, water, brown sugar, and dates to a saucepan. Simmer until it reaches the desired thickness. When ready to make the scallops, heat olive oil in a heavy pan. Sear the scallops on the prosciutto side for 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the scallops and cook on each scallop side until they reach 130°F internal temperature and the flesh is milky white, or opaque and firm. Plate immediately adding the Balsamic Glaze Dressing with Dates. Consider serving with make-ahead Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole and Green Beans Salad with Almonds

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops plated

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops topped with a delicious Balsamic Glaze and Dates is an elegant dinner. The prosciutto adds a delicate crispness to the fork tender scallops. We add a quality 18-year Balsamic Vinegar providing a wonderful smooth richness. Lasty, the dates introduces a layer of sweetness.
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Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
servings
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Bernice

Ingredients

Scallops Ingredients

  • 12 Scallops fresh not frozen
  • 12 Prosciutto slices
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper freshly grounded
  • Toothpicks brown – not color toothpicks – optional

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar good quality
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar
  • Dates Raisins or Prunes

Instructions

Glaze Preparation

  • Add all ingredients together in a saucepan and cook until desired thickness.
  • Be careful to not overcook otherwise the sauce turns into syrup. About 20-minutes on low is a good starting point.

Scallops Preparation

  • Trim the side muscle from the scallops.
  • Gently rinse and dry each Scallop.
  • Wrap each scallop with a slice of prosciutto around the wide portion of the scallop and seal with a toothpick if desired. Do not use colored toothpicks because the color can bleed during the cooking process.
  • Season the scallops with freshly ground salt and pepper.
  • This step can be done ahead of time with keeping the scallops in the refrigerator.
  • Add olive oil to a heavy pan and heat.
  • Sear the scallops on the prosciutto side for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Flip the scallops and cook on each scallop side until they reach 130°F internal temperature and the flesh is milky white, or opaque and firm.
  • Plate immediately adding the Balsamic Glaze Dressing with Dates.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate depending upon serving size and ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops
Amount Per Serving (4 servings)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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