Bacon Wrapped Scallops

It’s Thursday and I’m dog tired, man. Beat. Bushed. Bleary-eyed and world-weary.

I’m looking forward to Friday night and possibly hanging out with our neighbor friends on the patio or around a roaring bonfire…I’m secretly hoping that someone out there in the cul-de-sac will read this today, do the neighborly thing, and invite us over for conversation and good cheer.

If they bite, I’ll bring along these delicious, bacon-y scallop skewers.

Schlepping food around the ‘hood. It’s what I do.

(…and psst, neighbor: if you’re reading, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the Rabbi. **)

Serves: 4-5 as an appetizer
Recipe by Sara Moulton

5 bamboo skewers
1 lb. fresh sea scallops – this was 10 for me (Sendik’s jumbo scallops are on sale); cut them in half if they’re really big
10 slices bacon, cut in half if you’ve cut your scallops in half

2 T. olive oil
2 T. honey
1 T. vinegar (I used a white balsamic; use whatever you please!)
2 T. Dijon mustard

Note: soak the bamboo skewers in warm water for at least one hour before you want to grill them. Drain them off and proceed with the recipe!

Pat the scallops dry with a couple of paper towels. Place them on a cutting surface and use a sharp knife to remove the tendon from the side of each scallop. Wrap each scallop with a bacon slice, slide onto a skewer to secure the bacon (I did two scallops per skewer; and in retrospect, I should have cut my scallops in half, they were way huge!).

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, honey, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat your grill (or broiler if desired). Brush honey-mustard mixture on the scallops and bacon. Grill (or broil) for about 4 minutes per side or until bacon is crisp. Keep a spray bottle of water handy to put out flare-ups (you can tell I didn’t do a very good job of remembering my spray bottle). Transfer to a platter and serve!

** This is a JOKE, people. A big, fat TOTAL JOKE and I’ll let you in on it; our next door neighbor is Jewish and “doesn’t eat bacon” (cough, cough). That is to say, he doesn’t eat bacon in HIS YARD. He’ll have to cross our property line to enjoy these skewers, and I’m always willing to enable him. :-) Yes, he’s a grown man. But I hope his mother isn’t reading this.

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