Daybreak Interview: How to make a delicious scallops appetizer for your holiday party

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The holidays are a time for friends and family to get together. That could mean throwing a holiday party.

Chef Scottie Johnson — a private chef and winner of the Georgia Seafood Festival — visited Daybreak to show us how to make Peach Bourbon Bacon Scallops, a dish you could make for your guests.

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Peach Bourbon Bacon Scallops:


– Scallops
– 8 scallops
– Salt, to taste
– Pepper, to taste
– Cajun seasoning, to taste
– Olive oil, 3 tablespoons
– Butter, 2 tablespoons

Peach Jam:

– 4 fresh pealed peaches finely chopped or peach preserves
– 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 3 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
– 1/2 cup bacon, chopped
– Pinch of crushed red pepper
– Salt/pepper to taste


1. Chop bacon into pieces and cook until brown.
2. Drain and set aside.
3. In a large saucepan, combine peaches, sugars and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered until mixture is thick about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; Stir in bourbon.
4. Add bacon to the jam.
5. Season scallops with salt, pepper and cajun season.  Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and butter until melted. Add the scallops to the pan, Cook for 3 minutes. Flip the scallops over and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Remove and place on a plate.
7. Top with jam and enjoy.


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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.