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Seared Scallops with Chili Pepper Dressing


Ingredients:

Rind of 1 lemon taken off in thick stips

1 Tbsp lemon juice

4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ large red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and finely diced

About 1 pound (500g) scallops, rinsed and patted dry

2 tiny dried bird’s eye chilies, crushed

Handful of small basil leaves

Directions:

Set aside rind before halving and squeezing lemon.  Put juice in a bowl with 2 tablespoons oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.



Put bell pepper in a skillet or saucepan with 1-tablespoon oil and cook gently until tender.  Let cool, then add to dressing.



Score on side of each scallop (not the coral; remove the coral if you wish) in a criss-cross pattern using the point of a sharp knife.  Put scallops in a bowl and drizzle with a 1-tablespoon oil.  Add chilies and lemon rind.  Gently toss scallops until they are coated with oil.



Cook scallops, scored-side down to begin with, over medium heat on a barbecue hot plate (cast-iron griddle) for a few minutes on each side until nearly cooked through.  Cook the lemon rind too, until golden.   Transfer scallops to a serving dish as they are done, add the dressing and garnish with basil leaves and cooked lemon rind.  Serve immediately.