Holiday Appetizers 101: Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
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I’ll tell you a little secret.
You can find frozen bacon wrapped scallops at Sam’s Club and Costco, and I’m sure a few other places. That would take the work out of it, but it would also take out the fun!
Plus, you have the feeling of acheivement you get from knowing that you made the bacon wrapped scallops yourself.
And they taste so much better.
I buy a few pounds of fresh scallops.
And season them with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
I slice the pieces of bacon in half, or in thirds, depending on the size of the scallop. I use applewood smoked bacon – my fave.
Wrap a bacon slice around and secure it with a toothpick.
The toothpick may not look as fancy, but it serves a purpose. Your guests will be happy to pick these up and pop them in their mouth without having to wash their hands or use a fork.
I place them under the broiler for a total of about 10 minutes. You may need to broil them for a shorter or longer period of time. They bake so quickly that I suggest trying 1 or 2 in the oven for the time you think will work, and judge from there. You don’t want to ruin the entire batch!
The scallops are perfectly cooked – not chewy – and the bacon is crispy.
- 2 lbs fresh scallops I’m sure you can also use frozen ones and thaw them
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Turn on the broiler. I use the ‘high’ setting.
Season scallops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Take a few slices of bacon and cut them in half or in thirds, depending on the size of the scallops.
Wrap bacon slices around scallops and secure with a toothpick. Lay on a baking sheet.
Broil for 5 minutes, then flip over and broil for 5 more minutes.
This doesn’t take much more work than opening a bag of frozen bacon wrapped scallops and placing them in the oven. And your guests will be impressed. Maybe you’ll get an extra gift? :)
And when talking about all these guests, I really just mean my husband and I. Because sometimes we eat this for dinner.
You should too. :)
Eeek! I just realized I forgot to post the Martha’s Cookies Friday Trivia winner last night. Will post this evening – look out, it could be you.