Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto

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Is dinner time your favorite moment of the day? Sure it is...depending on your household, the evening is usually a great time to pull out your cook books and mix and match food groups. Wednesday's special recipe is Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto courtesy of MyRecipes.com. Feel free to drool.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
2 cups grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons commercial pesto
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Preparation
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Pat scallops dry with paper towels; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium. Add rind and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; bring to a simmer. Add tomatoes; cook 45 seconds, tossing to coat.

Spoon about 2 teaspoons pesto on each of 4 plates. Arrange one-quarter of scallops and about 1/2 cup tomato mixture on each plate. Sprinkle with basil.

Note: For a golden-brown crust on the scallops, don't disturb them while they cook except to turn them over.

Recipe/Image Courtesy Of: My Recipes

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