Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

I've found my new favorite food: Bacon wrapped scallops. I mean what's not to like about a meat wrapped in another meat, namely bacon? While at Trader Joe's the other day I grabbed a couple of bags of frozen seafood to have around including a bag of Jumbo Scallops and found some nitrate free bacon that was thicker cut and looked really tasty. The bacon gave the scallops some more fat, salt and creaminess that put them over the top.  I will definitely make this dish again. It was super simple, very quick to make and tasted gourmet!

Bacon Wrapped Scallops
1 lb of jumbo Scallops
1 lb of thick sliced bacon (nitrite/nitrate free preferred)

Cut each strip of bacon in half and wrap around one scallop. Place wrapped scallops on a backing sheet about 2 inches apart. Broil on low for about 15 minutes checking often for bacon crispness. Don't let bacon get overdone.

If you have extra bacon, fry it up to eat along with the scallops then use the bacon grease to cook the dish below.

Zucchini and Leeks
3 small zucchini
1 leek
2 Tbs bacon grease
salt and pepper to taste

Wash leek thoroughly and slice white and light green parts washing slices well to remove sand trapped between layers. Cut zucchini into 1/2 inch pieces. When bacon grease is melted in the pan add leeks and zucchini. Saute until browned then cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes until zucchini is softened. sprinkle salt and pepper onto veggies if desired.

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