BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS RECIPE – They are the ideal appetizer for any celebration, whether it be formal, intimate, or informal. The sweet and savory spice on the scallops, along with the naturally somewhat sweet scallop flavor, create a delicious flavor combination. These simple scallops are usually a hit with everyone!
— 1.5 lb sea scallops
— 1 lb thin sliced bacon not thick cut
— 1 tsp garlic powder
— 3 tbsp brown sugar
— 1/2 tsp black pepper
— wooden toothpicks
Note: depending on the size and type of bacon you choose and the size of scallops, it would take 1/2-1 slice of bacon per sea scallop. It’s impossible to tell exactly how much you will need because sizes of each scallop varies as well and bacon. It’s best to err of the side of having some bacon leftover that you can use somewhere else, then not have enough.
Preheat the oven to 400°, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up, and fit a wire rack inside the baking sheet.
Lightly grease the wire rack and place slices of bacon on it side by side.
Bake bacon until more than half way done, but not crispy. Depending on the bacon, it will take 7-10 minutes.
Take the bacon out and let it cool a little until easy to handle.
Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder all over. Sprinkle each scallop with brown sugar on all the sides as well.
Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop around the side and stick a toothpick through the bacon and scallop to secure it. If there is a pretty long piece of bacon left sticking out, you can cut it off. (You can dice and sear cutoff pieces of bacon and use it as a garnish somewhere.)
Turn on the broiler and make sure that the rack is about 6 inches away from the top. If you have an option for high broil or low broil, it’s best to use low if the scallops are large.
Place wrapped scallops onto the wire rack and cook them under the broiler for 6-8 minutes, flipping them half way through. You want the bacon to crisp up and the scallops to be opaque throughout.