Maple Bacon Scallops

Love bacon? Love scallops? Thought you might. Here’s a little twist on an old favorite. It’s amazing what a little maple syrup can do for a dish that you may have thought was already perfect.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 12 sea scallops, halved
  • 1 package bacon (be picky and try to find one without a lot of fat)
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • toothpicks

In a mixing bowl, stir together maple syrup, soy sauce, mustard, and apple juice. Cut scallops in half, poke with fork, toss in marinade, cover with plastic wrap, and let soak for about one hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut bacon strips in half and arrange on baking sheet far enough apart so they don’t stick together. Cook in oven until some grease has rendered (about 8 minutes). Pat with paper towel to remove excess grease and let the bacon cool. It should only be partially cooked and still pliable. Remove from baking sheet and toss the foil, putting another piece of foil on the baking sheet.

Now it’s time to get messy…

Wrap each scallop with a half slice of bacon and hold together with a toothpick. Arrange on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cook for 7 minutes. Turn scallops over, sprinkle with brown sugar and return to oven for another 7 minutes. Total cook time should be 10-15 minutes, but you’ll know they’re done when the bacon is crisp and the scallops are opaque.

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