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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops Recipe

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Bacon-wrapped Scallops

If you’re looking for an easy yet impressive dish, bacon-wrapped scallops are a go-to option. They’re perfect for a dinner party, romantic meal, or even a weeknight treat. With just a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes in the kitchen, you can create a mouth-watering appetizer or main course that’s sure to impress.

Imagine biting into a tender scallop wrapped in crispy, savory bacon. The contrast of textures and flavors will make this dish a favorite in your recipe collection. Whether you choose to bake them in the oven or sear them in a skillet, the method is straightforward and reliable.

By following our step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to make these delectable bacon-wrapped scallops with ease. Get ready to delight your taste buds and wow your guests with this simple yet elegant recipe.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here’s what you’ll need to make delicious bacon-wrapped scallops:

  1. Scallops:

    • Quantity: 20 scallops.
    • Substitute: Jumbo shrimp can work if scallops are unavailable.
  2. Bacon:

    • Quantity: 10 slices, cut in half.
    • Substitute: Turkey bacon or prosciutto can be used for a different flavor or if you prefer less fat.
  3. Lemon Juice:

    • Quantity: 1-2 tablespoons.
    • Substitute: Lime juice or a splash of white wine can be used instead.
  4. Garlic Powder:

    • Quantity: 1-2 teaspoons.
    • Substitute: Fresh minced garlic works, but adjust the quantity to suit your taste.
  5. Salt:

    • Quantity: A pinch.
    • Substitute: Sea salt or kosher salt.
  6. Black Pepper:

    • Quantity: A pinch.
    • Substitute: White pepper can also be used for a milder flavor.
  7. Butter:

    • Quantity: 3 tablespoons, melted.
    • Substitute: Olive oil can be a healthier alternative.
  8. Toothpicks:

    • Quantity: Enough to secure each wrapped scallop.
    • Substitute: Skewers, if you plan to grill them.

Pro Tips

  1. Pre-soak the toothpicks in water for 15 minutes to prevent burning during cooking.
  2. Partially cook the bacon before wrapping to make it easier to handle and ensure it gets crispy.

With these ingredients and substitutes, you’ll be able to create a tasty dish of bacon-wrapped scallops in no time!

Instructions


  1. Preheat the Oven
    Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).



  2. Prepare the Bacon and Scallops
    Cut your bacon slices in half. Wrap each half around a scallop and secure with a toothpick.



  3. Season the Scallops
    Drizzle lemon juice over the scallops. You can also sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper for added flavor.



  4. Bake the Scallops
    Place the scallops on a baking sheet or oven-safe rack. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and slightly crisp.



  5. Serve Warm
    Remove the scallops from the oven and let them cool slightly. Serve while they’re still warm for the best taste. Enjoy!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

When working with bacon-wrapped scallops, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. Pre-cook the bacon until it’s partially cooked but still pliable. This ensures the bacon gets crispy without overcooking the scallops.

Always use fresh scallops. They should be firm and smell of the sea, not fishy. If you can, buy them dry-packed (not soaking in water).

Soak toothpicks in water for at least 15 minutes before using them to prevent burning in the oven.

Place the scallops on a parchment-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup. Make sure they are spaced out evenly to ensure they cook properly and get crispy on all sides.

For a tangy twist, try brushing the scallops with a mix of honey and mustard before wrapping them in bacon.

Cooking times may vary based on the size of the scallops and the thickness of the bacon. Keep a close eye to avoid overcooking.

If you’re left with leftovers, store them properly to maintain their flavor. Place the leftover scallops in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 400°F, place the scallops on a baking sheet, and heat for about 10-12 minutes until crispy and hot. You can also broil for an extra minute at the end to crisp them up.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure your bacon-wrapped scallops are always a hit!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.