11/9/09

Simple Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Friday night I decided to make whatever I was craving... and after a moment of silence I realized I wanted bacon and seafood. A quick scan of the freezer told me I had both. Frozen scallops would do just fine!

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

1 lb. scallops
1 lb. bacon (turkey or regular)
salt and pepper
sugar, brown sugar or splenda
toothpicks

Cut the bacon into thirds for small scallops or half for very large scallops. Judge accordingly as the idea is to wrap the bacon around the scallop to enclose it. If you using real bacon, partially pre-cook it in the microwave as bacon takes longer to cook than the scallops. I found using turkey bacon, this isn't necessary. Using partially thawed or fresh scallops, wrap a piece of bacon around each. Sometimes I have to secure with a toothpick to hold, other times they lay seam side down on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet just fine.

Whether or not you salt and pepper or sprinkle with a bit of sugar is up to you. They do not need it, but a light sprinkle of brown sugar combines the salty/sweet flavors perfectly. I used Splenda and loved the results. Bake at approximately 400 degree's for 15 minutes until golden brown and the bacon is cooked through. May be faster or slower depending on your bacon and your oven. Remove from the oven, place on a serving tray. Whether or not you remove the toothpicks is up to you - I like to because when cool, they sometimes stick to the pick a bit, and also, when removed, your guests won't have to find a trash container.



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