I love scallops, but they are pricy, and I usually make cioppino or something else where a pound feels filling for 4 servings. But I decided to wrap them in bacon and the serving you see in photo was filling and delicious! The salty, smoky bacon paired beautifully with the slightly sweet scallops. I will be making this again! (It doesn’t hurt that the bacon I use is the best on the planet–pasture raised from Hemlock Hill Farm!) Pairing the scallops with spinach simply prepared with a bit of butter and half and half also worked well. I’m going to wait until asparagus is in season and use them the next time I make this dish.
Grilled or Broiled Bacon Wrapped Scallops
1 pound sea scallops (about 16)
8 slices pasture raised, nitrate free bacon
Salt and pepper
Cook bacon until almost done. Soak toothpicks in water. Let scallops sit in oil, salt and pepper for about 15 minutes. Cut bacon in half and wrap scallops, securing with a toothpick. If broiling, put scallops 4” from heat source. Cook 2-3 minutes per side.