Bacon Caressed Scallops

Posted by francis keyser Monday, May 2, 2011
Taste Level: VGR
Cost: $20 and over
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook Time: 10-15 min.
Difficulty: 1

A couple of years back I made some Bacon Wrapped Scallops and just was not impressed with them. They had the same problem all bacon wrapped scallops have in my opinion, TOO MUCH BACON! Bacon is a pretty strong and rich flavor in my opinion and when you use to much of it, you tend to overpower most other flavors, especially the delicate ones of seafood.  So I decided to be a bit more loving with my version and call it Bacon Caressed Scallops.  Giving them just enough support from the bacon so the scallops can be even more divine then they already are!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Scallops
1 lb large scallops (8 works perfect)
2 slices hickory smoked bacon (sliced in half both vertically and horizontally)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 of a limes juice
Coarse sea salt (to taste)
Fresh crack pepper medley (to taste)

Sauce
1/3 cup mayo
2 tbsp sriracha sauce
1/4 of a limes juice
1 green onion (diced)
1 tbsp cilantro

Garnish
1/8 of an avocado (sliced into slivers)
6 slices of an orange, red or yellow bell pepper (Juliane)

Sauce
Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Scallops
Preheat broiler on high.

Using a basting brush spread olive oil evenly over a lipped baking sheet.  Wrap bacon pieces around scallops one at a time and secure by either piercing through with a wooden skewer or toothpicks.  Place scallops on baking sheet and brush with a little olive oil.  Crack fresh pepper over scallops and then sprinkle with salt.  Evenly drizzle 1/4 of a limes juice over scallops and immediately place baking sheet on the middle position under the broiler, broiling for 10 minutes.  Move rack and scallops up to the top position under the broiler and continue to broil for 2-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove scallops from oven and lay out on plate.  Drizzle the remaining 1/2 of limes juice over scallops evenly, spoon your desired amount of sauce over each scallop and top each with one small sliver of avocado.  Sprinkle the rest of the avacado around the plate, place garnish if desired and enjoy!

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