Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Recently, I began experimenting with bacon wrapped foods. Seems like a no-brainer, of COURSE I should wrap that in bacon. Well, it is. Cooking food wrapped in bacon adds a little bit of flavor and yes, also a ton of fat. Think about it, you’re wrapping something that may have been pretty healthy in one of the worst foods for your heart, cholesterol, complexion, etc. But bacon is amazing. It’s one of those foods that I think you just have to splurge every once in a while and eat. I’d rather have no bacon than turkey or vegetarian versions.
BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS
12 Large scallops
6 Pieces of bacon
4 T Butter
2 Cloves Garlic, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse your scallops and pat them dry with paper towels.
- Set them aside.
- Take out your bacon and cut each piece in half.
- Wrap each half piece of bacon around the outside of each scallop then put it on a skewer so that the scallop sits flat on the meat of the fish (see picture).
- Lightly spray with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Once your grill is ready, place the skewers just off the heat and cook 10 minutes per side.
- Place them directly over the heat for about 2 more minutes each side then take them off the fire.
- In a small sauce pan, melt your butter and throw in your garlic and chili powder.
- Once the butter melts, pour it into a bowl.
- Dip the scallops in the melted delicious garlic butter and enjoy.
Aren’t they gorgeous! I purchased my large scallops from Whole Foods earlier that day. No, they were not on sale but the price was pretty good. And the lovely men behind the fish counter always ask what I’m making and offer some suggestions. In this case, he told me to go into the bacon section and look for the bacon with the black packaging. I did! I got the uncured hickory smoked bacon from Pederson’s. It was a great match for the sweet scallops. I just simply wrapped the bacon around the outside of the scallops and stuck them on the skewers.
Beautiful and ready to grill! My grill had been lit and burning for about 20 minutes and the coals were raring to go. May be a little hot, but they cooked the food well.
I started the scallops placed just a little off of the heat and cooked for 10 minutes, flipped and cooked another 10 minutes. At that point I moved them into the middle.
I cooked a few more minutes then flipped again and cooked until they looked how I wanted them to look
I think they are gorgeous. The fat crept into the meat of the scallops and gave them the most amazing smoky sweet flavor. Dipping them in the melted butter made them irresistible.
This meal was topped off with the delicious oven baked crispy fries. What a great way to say welcome home!