5 slices bacon
1 1/2 pounds jumbo sea scallops
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
12 ounces fresh baby spinach
Cook bacon in a large cast-iron skillet until crisp.
Remove from pan, chop, and set aside.
Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in the pan, and increase heat to high. (The pan needs to be screaming hot to properly sear the scallops.)
Pat scallops dry with paper towels (wet scallops don't sear), and season with salt and pepper.
Add scallops to the hot pan and cook 2 1/2 minutes per side, until done.
Transfer to plate and keep warm.
Reduce heat in pan and add onion and garlic.
Saute until onion is tender, but be careful not to burn the garlic (burnt garlic is bitter).
Add the spinach in batches, stirring and cooking until wilted.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.Divided spinach equally between 4 plates, top with bacon, and serve with scallops. (Serves 4...but, truthfully, only 2 of us ate it all with a crusty baguette and a nice bottle of wine.)