If you want a quick, easy, delicious, and impressive looking appetizer try this. It's delicious and looks elegant if you plate it right.
Grilled scallops with creamy polenta. All you have to do is make polenta or grits but use half and half as the cooking liquid instead of water. Split the scallops in half so you have two thin round pieces instead of one thick piece. Grill them with a little salt, pepper, and OO. Also, grill up some bacon. Chop the bacon into bacon bits. Put a little of the polenta in the center of the plate, top it with a pat of butter in the center, place three or four of the scallop pieces in it around the butter and sprinkle with the bacon. As the butter melts it melds into the creamy polenta which works almost like a delicous creamy buttery sauce on the scallops and the bacon adds that little zing of flavor. Garnish with parsely or anything you like.
The key is to make sure the polenta is nice and creamy. It's rich, so a little goes a long way but it makes a great appetizer. If you want to "church it up" use pancetta instead of bacon.
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