Succulent and juicy scallops easy healthy recipes are wrapped in savory and tasty bacon in this quick recipe, adapted from Time to Cook Low Carb by Paragon Publishing. The fresh flavor of scallops is intensified with the simple addition of bacon. Freshly squeezed lemon adds a refreshing zest and tangy contrast that make the scallops irresistibly delicious. This makes a simple yet gourmet appetizer or cocktail party food. For an unforgettable healthy dinner or lunch, serve bacon-wrapped scallops with a light white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. You can also serve the scallops with a simple tartar sauce or French cream sauce like bÃ©arnaise or hollandaise for dipping.
The bacon should be defrosted as opposed to frozen so that they can be separated into strips and make it easier to wrap the scallops with. You can use either fresh or frozen scallops. If you are using frozen scallops, thaw it in the refrigerator for a few hours. The scallops should be sealed inside the package as you them so that they do not lose their flavorful juices. The key to cooking sweet and juicy scallops is to cook them quickly yet gently so that they remain firm and moist. If not cooked at the right time and the right temperature, the meat of the scallops turn dry and rubbery and its succulent flavor is diminished. Scallops cook quite fast so you have to pay attention to it as it cooks. The bacon in this recipe also adds moisture to the seafood and keeps the scallops from drying up.
Ingredients: 20 prepared fresh scallops (or defrosted, frozen scallops), 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, 20 strips of bacon, Salt, Freshly ground pepper, Tartar sauce (optional)
Preheat the broiler to medium. Sprinkle the prepared scallops with the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Stretch the bacon a little, then wrap one piece around each scallop. Run a toothpick through the bacon and scallop to keep the bacon in place. Cook under the broiler for 5 minutes. Remove the scallops, turn, and cook for another 5 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with tartar sauce, if desired.
The broiler is used in this recipe to cook the scallops wrapped in bacon. You an also use the oven, preheating it to 400 degrees F. At this temperature, the scallops will cook in about six minutes. As soon as the scallops turn opaque and lose their transparency, they are already done and cooked through.