scallop pops - serves 4

12 scallops
12 slices of thinly sliced smoked dry-cured bacon
25g of unsalted butter
sprig of thyme
vegetable oil
salt & pepper
12 cocktail sticks
12 wooden skewers

Lay the thinly sliced bacon on a chopping board and turn the scallop on its side. Roll and wrap the bacon carefully around the scallop and pin through the centre, horizontally, with a cocktail stick to hold the bacon in place. Repeat for each scallop

Heat a frying pan with a small amount of vegetable oil, season the scallops well. Once the pan is hot, sear the scallops on the bacon covered sides. The scallops will take longer to cook as they are insulated by the bacon, which also needs to cook

Once the bacon is cooked, flip the scallops onto one of their exposed sides for 30 seconds. Flip to cook on the other exposed side and add the butter and thyme sprig

Baste the scallops in the butter until cooked. This should take no longer than 3 -4 minutes - scallops are cooked when you prod them and receive a little resistance. If they are still soft - continue to cook

Once cooked, drain on paper towel. Remove the cocktail stick, hold the bacon in place and insert the skewer through the scallop. Repeat for each scallop pop. Season and serve immediately