Happy Thursday friends! I am so glad that this week is almost over! It's Spring Break for many around the country, but alas I am all grown up and have a big girl job, therefore Spring Break is a distant memory for me. I do, however, enjoy the lighter traffic on the way to work in the mornings. And speaking of Spring Break...I can't believe that we are halfway through March already. How did that happen?? It really is true that the older you get, the faster time goes by. Sheesh. The good news is, though, that Spring is here and warmer weather seems to be sticking around. Hallelujah and good riddance wintry cold!
The recipe that I am sharing with you today has to be one of the easiest recipes that I have come across in awhile. Seafood can sometimes be tricky, and scallops are often best-served seared, but I was so surprised by the ease of preparing this dish and how insanely good it was! I posted a picture on FB of the plate sitting in my lap, and my sis-in-law commented and asked why I didn't make that while I was in Alabama and insisted that I make it the next time we see each other...and I would be so happy to! It is definitely a great meal to serve to company. The chili butter drizzled over the top adds a nice flavor and the addition of the bacon cuts some of the "fishy" taste that scallops can sometimes have, that can deter some people from eating them. All-in-all it's a wonderful dish and I suggest you try it asap!
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Chili Butter
Slightly adpated from The Pioneer Woman
- 1 lb sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/4 lb bacon, strips cut in half (I used applewood smoked bacon)
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp chili powder
- dash cayenne pepper
- Preheat broiler. (Or preheat oven to 425) Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Season each scallop with salt and pepper. Wrap 1/2 strip of bacon around each scallop and secure with a toothpick. Place on baking sheet and place in broiler (or oven).
- Broil for 15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and sizzling. (20 minutes if cooking in oven.)
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a small bowl and mix in chili powder and cayenne.
- Serve scallops over rice with chili butter drizzled over the top.