Bacon-Basted Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-Basted Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
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Bacon-wrapped Scallops

Ali Rosen

Bacon-wrapped Scallops

It's a universal fact that everything is better with bacon. So for this take on the classic bacon-wrapped scallop, we add in an extra dose of bacon. By basting the scallops with the bacon grease, you make the overall effect as bacon-y as possible.

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Ingredients

  • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 large scallops
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

Cook the bacon slices in a skillet until fully cooked, about 5-10 minutes. Remove the bacon slices from the pan and allow them to cool, but leave the bacon grease in the pan. While the bacon is cooling add the lemon, garlic, and butter to the bacon grease and turn the heat to high and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, wrap the scallops in the cooked bacon and hold together with a toothpick. Add a pinch of salt to the tops and bottoms of the scallops

When the lemon-garlic mixture is ready, put the scallops in the pan, keeping the grease mixture to 1 side. As the scallops cook, continually baste the scallops with the mixture. After the scallops have browned on the bottom and mostly cooked through (2-5 minutes depending on the size of your scallops) turn over and allow to brown on the other side.

Bacon Shopping Tip

Look for center cut bacon which comes from a leaner part of the belly - you'll get more meat and less fat.

Bacon Cooking Tip

Cook bacon over medium to medium-low heat to prevent it from burning, and occasionally pour off the fat. You can save it for later use as a cooking oil.