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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Yield Makes 12 appetizer servings
Wrap meaty scallops in crispy bacon and pair with a luscious dip for an appetizer that's guaranteed to be gone in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 pounds sea scallops, rinsed and drained (about 48)
  • 24 bacon slices (about 1 lb.), cut in half
  • Wooden picks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small mixing bowl; whisk in olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Place scallops in a zip-top plastic freezer bag; add lime juice mixture. Cover or seal, and chill 30 minutes, turning once. Drain scallops, discarding marinade.

  2. Microwave bacon, covered with paper towels, in 4 batches, at HIGH 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly brown. Wrap 1 bacon piece around each scallop, and secure with a wooden pick. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.

  3. Coat a cold cooking grate with cooking spray, and place grate on grill over medium-high heat (350° to 400°). Place scallops on grate, and grill, covered with grill lid, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp and scallops are done.