Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with New Hampshire Maple Syrup (appetizer serves 2)


My husband reminded me that the only reason I was remotely interested in talking to him over 12 years ago in the middle of Faneuil Hall (Boston) was that he was eating a skewer of bacon wrapped scallops.  He always thought I was eyeing his large scallops!  Perhaps that may have been somewhat of the truth!  That was how we met almost 13 years ago...over bacon wrapped scallops.  Who would have known that you could meet someone on the street and marry him later! Although I would highly recommend that you have good running shoes in  case the guy turns out to be crazy! ;--)  Happy Valentines Day, Paul!!  I am glad I met you even though the scallops may have been the main attraction!  : D

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with New Hampshire Maple Syrup (appetizer serves 2)

Ingredients:

8 large sea scallops, washed in cold water, tough muscles removed, pat dry with paper towels
4 bacon strips, cut into 2 pieces (about 5 inches long)
8 toothpicks
1 T New Hampshire maple syrup
1 T unsalted butter
1 T olive oil

Method:

1) Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.
1) Wrap each scallop with a strip of bacon around the flat part of the scallop.  Use a toothpick to secure the bacon strips and scallops.
2) Bake the scallops in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn the scallops to the other side and bake for another 10 more minutes.
3) Remove the scallops and place them on the paper towels.
4) Heat the oil, butter and maple syrup over medium low heat.
5) Place the scallops into the pan with the oil/butter/maple syrup sauce and fry for 1 minute on each side (long enough to coat the scallops with the sauce).
6) Remove the scallops and place them on the paper towels to drain off some of the liquid fat.
7) Serve as is or place the scallops in skewers.

*You can use the oil from searing the scallops in the previous recipe (Seared Sea Scallops in a Pineapple Sauce).  This oil has extra flavor that you can use.  Just add maple syrup to this and let it all blend together before putting in your bacon wrapped sea scallops.
*I used the toaster oven to make this dish since I had only a few scallops. After turning my scallops over I took some paper towels and soak as much of the grease out as possible.  If you are to use the toaster oven make sure you stay in the area (same room) and watch it carefully.  Make sure your fire extinguisher is available and is working if needed.  The grease can easily catch fire. To be on the safe side I would recommend using the traditional oven for making this recipe.
*You can use any type of bacon, whether it is turkey bacon or even pancetta (Italian cured ham that tastes like great bacon).  I have added toasted sesame seeds on top after cooking and it looked and tasted great. 

let the bacon wrapped scallops coat
the oil/butter/maple syrup sauce

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