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Nov. 20, 2020

Cook Your Catch: Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

A holiday hors-d’oeuvre from Mercury Pro Team member Ronnie Green.

Mercury Pro Team member Ronnie Green, host of the TV show “A Fishing Story with Ronnie Green,” provided this simple, quick recipe for turning fresh scallops into a delicious holiday appetizer. It’s the perfect way to get the feast, and the festivities, started before the bird is ready and tastes so good it might become part of your annual holiday tradition.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 5

  • 10-12 slices bacon
  • 22 large sea scallops (about 2 pounds)
  • toothpicks
  • seasoned pepper

In a skillet, gently cook bacon until still flexible, but not crisp.

Rinse scallops under running cold water. Then pat dry with paper towels.

Remove any tag-like pieces on the side of the scallops. This is a tough muscle. Just pinch it with your fingers to remove.

Cut bacon slices in half lengthwise.

Wrap each half around a scallop. Secure with a toothpick.

Sprinkle scallops lightly with seasoned pepper.

Set oven to broil.

In a broiling pan situated about 4 to 5 inches from broiler, cook for eight to 10 minutes, or until scallops turn opaque throughout.

Turn scallops frequently so the bacon browns evenly on all sides.


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