These would do really well as appetizers or even small snacks for a cocktail party. I would serve these with chipotle mayo – those of you who are in for a challenge could try these with your favorite hot sauce!
6 slices of bacon cut in half
12 medium-sized scallops (or 6 large, cut in half)
approx. 5 T butter melted
as much garlic as you want (a few cloves), minced or pressed
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lay the bacon out on a flat baking pan and bake it for about 10 minutes each side. You want it to really start cooking, but still be pliable. Remove from oven and lay on a plate to cool to the point that you can touch it without burning your fingers.
Pour most of the leftover bacon fat out of the baking pan (strain and save it for cooking).
Add the garlic, salt and pepper to your melted butter. (Keep some of this aside to pour over at the end.) Dip scallops into the garlic butter. Then wrap each scallop with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
Place each scallop onto the greased baking pan. Bake until bacon is starting to crisp a little (approximately 20 minutes). Remove from oven, arrange on plates and pour remaining garlic butter over all.
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