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Lard-Wrapped Scallops

This original and most unusual pair will surprise you with its chic and unexpected flavour: where sea and land meet, a delicious appetizer, is born.

This recipe takes barely 5 minutes to be ready and it’s the ideal entrée for a special dinner, with bite-sized scrummy treats to share with those you love the most.

Serves: 2 | Preparation time: < 5 mins | Cooking time: 5 mins

  • Lard slices: 6 (about 200 g)
  • Scallops: 8 (about 200 g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): 1 tbsp
  • A sprig of fresh thyme
  • Black pepper: to taste


Detach the scallops from their shell and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water. Use some kitchen paper to dry them.

Heat up  1 tbsp of oil in a pan with some thyme leaves and stir-fry the scallops for about 2 minutes on each side, then add the lard slices to the pan. Cook the scallops and the lard together until the latter is crispy but not burnt.

Wrap each lard slice around a scallop, then serve topped with some freshly ground black pepper and thyme.

Tip: For a nicer presentation, serve the lard-wrapped scallops in their original shell – just make sure to clean the shell thoroughly, as well.

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