We serve a version of this at the restaurant I work at (J’s Oyster), and it’s a big hit.
1 lb scallops
7 tbs butter, divided into 2 tbs and 4 tbs and 1 tbs portions
splash of white wine
2-3 tbs honey (you can also use maple syrup)
salt and white pepper to taste
1/4 – 1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
Melt 2 tbs butter in a heavy skillet. Add scallops and sear on both sides. Add splash of wine and scrape bottom of pan to get up all the tasty bits. Add 4 tbs butter and honey or maple syrup. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Pour into buttered casserole dish.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 tbs butter and toss with crumbs. Spread crumbs over casserole dish (amount you use depends on how much crumb topping you want).
Bake at 400 degrees until scallops are cooked to your liking and crumbs begin to brown.