Seared Scallops Wrapped in Pancetta on a bed of Pea & Mint Risotto

A fresh and flavourful first course that's bound to impress.
Servings: 4 yield(s)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
  • 12 large scallops (shelled & coral removed)
  • 12 thin slices of pancetta
  • 1 drizzle of oil
  • salt & pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (peeled & finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled & finely chopped)
  • 300 g risotto rice
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 1 l good quality chicken stock (hot)
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • 1 large handful fresh mint (roughly chopped)
  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 50 g butter
  1. Rinse the scallops and pat dry. Using the back of a knife flatten each slice of pancetta to stretch it. Wrap each scallop with a piece of pancetta and secure with a cocktail stick. Drizzle over some olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry gently for three minutes or until the ingredients have softened but not coloured.
  3. Add the risotto rice to the saucepan and stir well for 2-3 minutes, or until the grains turn translucent.
  4. Add the wine to the saucepan and turn up the heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the wine has been absorbed.
  5. Gradually add the hot chicken stock to the saucepan, a ladleful at a time and stir continuously, only adding the next ladleful of stock when the rice has fully absorbed the previous ladleful. Cook until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is slightly al dente.
  6. Preheat a large frying pan until medium hot. Cook the scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the bacon is crisp and the scallops are cooked through.
  7. Meanwhile add the peas, fresh mint, double cream and butter. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. Cover with a lid and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  8. To serve, spoon the rice into warmed bowls and place the seared scallops on top after removing the cocktail sticks. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

  • Instead of scallops you can serve with cooked and flaked salmon.