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Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops

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These Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops can be elegant fare, but they are exactly the sort of tasty morsels I love to serve to my friends at a casual gathering.

Usually, the guys hover around the TV rooting for whatever sport is in season, and I’m typically in the kitchen with my girlfriends sipping on a crisp glass of white wine trying to show a modicum of restraint around these irresistible appetizers.

Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops on a white platter

Bacon-Wrapped Maple Scallops Recipe

I made this bacon-wrapped maple scallops recipe for my book club years ago…and received the ultimate compliment. While biting into one of these bacon wrapped gems, one friend commented that these rivaled the seafood you’d find at the finest restaurant. And the bonus is that these bacon wrapped maple scallops are extremely simple to make!

Scallops wrapped in bacon on a white appetizer plate

Tips for Making These Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Make friends with your fishmonger. Mine knows me well and always asks how I’m going to prepare my selection of the day. He doesn’t even blink when I ask him to make it pretty when cutting a filet from a side of salmon. The ol’ hubby would think I was nuts if I sent him to the market with those instructions!

This recipe uses sea scallops which are larger than bay scallops. The timing of this recipe cooked my scallops perfectly, but beware that all ovens cook a little differently.

  • I like to buy my seafood on the day I’m going to cook it if at all possible. The fresher the seafood the better the results. They should not smell overly fishy. Look for “dry” scallops that haven’t been soaked in a phosphate preservative solution.
  • Examine your scallops before marinating. If they have a little side muscle attached, remove that first, then pat the scallops dry before searing or proceeding with the recipe.
  • This recipe calls for a one hour marinating time, so plan accordingly. Line your baking pan with foil, par cook your bacon and mix up the marinade ahead of time to streamline the cooking process.
  • PRO-Tip: I recommend par-cooking the bacon, so it won’t be underdone when the scallops are finished. The bacon should still be flexible with some of the fat rendered.
  • Like with shrimp, you do not want to overcook your scallops or they will be tough and rubbery. A slight bit translucent in the middle is OK as there will be carryover cooking time. You may need to sacrifice one of your scallops to check for doneness if they’re wrapped in bacon by slicing into it to examine the middle.

Perfect Scallop Marinade

The marinade is incredible with the maple highlighting the sweetness of the seafood, the soy complementing their brininess, and the Dijon adding a hint of complexity without screaming mustard. Easy and wonderful. And PERFECT party fare!

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Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops

Succulent scallops marinated then wrapped in bacon and roasted for a fabulous appetizer!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 large sea scallops
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce, and mustard. Add scallops and marinate one hour.
  2. Partially cook the bacon, it should still be pliable. Let cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 375ΒΊ. Line baking sheet with foil for easier clean up if desired.
  4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop using a toothpick to secure. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake till scallops are opaque and bacon is crisp, 10-15 minutes, turning at the half way point.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

Total time does not include marinating time.

Note: You can double the number of appetizers by cutting both the scallops and the bacon in half.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 1218mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 28g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g



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57 comments on “Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops”

  1. I’ll bet those scallops didn’t last very long! They would be devoured in a minute here! Love your wine selection for these beauties, too Liz!

  2. I’m not a football fan, but I AM a scallop fan. These are gorgeous- I can see why they’ve gotten such rave reviews. Will try this one soon! πŸ™‚

  3. Have mercy! Those scollops look deliciously decadent. I would savor every single bite of them…slowly and purposefully. Magnificent!

  4. Oh they sound and look delicious.. I would love to try them, but I guess the most difficult part would be to make the bacon right..

    • Always wanted to make this dish; unfortunately dislike anything maple so any other tips on what could be used vs maple? I’d use the whit wine, prob a Pinot Grigio but would also like another non-sweet flavor. Thank You!

  5. Lots of big flavors in this appy:@)

  6. Woah. OK. You just combined my all time favs – maple, bacon and scallops in one awesome dish. I can always rely on you for new recipes πŸ™‚

  7. Bacon and scallops are a heavenly combo. I could eat my fill and then more of these. Yum!

  8. What an elegant and tasty little appetizer! And I bet these were delicious with the Sauvignon blanc!

  9. These look scrumptious and I would LOVE to have these at the big game!

  10. Yummo! My husband absolutely loves bacon wrapped scallops, but I have never made them at home for him. They do sound like a perfect appetizer for the big game!

  11. These look absolutely amazing, I love the addition of the maple flavor!

  12. Simple to make and wrapped in bacon?! Fabulous!!! I love these so much, Liz!!! delicious!

  13. These look amazing! I love scallops. The maple with a bit of the Dijon sounds fantastic! Can not wait to pour a glass of vino and try these.

  14. Wait…wait…save some for me! I’ll be right over!

  15. A little twist on a classic! And cooking the bacon beforehand ensures a tender scallop! LOVE it!

  16. I’m actually thinking these should show up on my Valentine’s Day menu! Although my 3 year old will want to devour them all and I won’t want to share.

  17. You can not put me in front of bacon wrapped scallops because I will eat them all!

  18. Maybe too elegant for some, but I would certainly enjoy them too!

  19. Ooh, I’ve been craving scallops for a while. It certainly is a different appetizer for game day but I think anybody at that party would be sold once tasted.

  20. Am running up to Pier 46 Seafood in Templeton today to buy scallops for my Grammy Awards supper. Will purchase a couple of the little guys to try this appetizer. Go Broncos.

  21. Oh my gosh – I would love these at ANY party, Liz. Really, really wonderful.

  22. I simply love bacon-wrapped scallops. Yum!

  23. Bacon + Scallops = total flavor! Such a great combo. These looks terrific — definitely something I’d enjoy. Thanks.

  24. What gorgeous scallops! I love them prepared like this, but I usually order them in restaurants! LOL Maybe I should give them a try at home!

  25. We had something very similar, minus the maple, as an appetizer at our wedding. They were the biggest hit! I didn’t get any on the big day. Definitely want to make some of these.

  26. Elegant or not, I’d totally eat a plate of these for Game Day with my wine.

  27. This is Ryan’s favorite type of appetizer. Thank you for sharing them with me! I hope you have a blessed start to your week!

  28. These look PERFECT, and so elegant. I think game day food can be sort of fancy, and I would totally serve these at my party (if I was having one) πŸ™‚

  29. Your scallops look beautifully prepared πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    CCU

  30. Your scallops do look divine, Liz. I bet they do rival the offerings of any fine restaurant. Thank you for sharing the how-to!

  31. What a treat for everyone at the party! They are so good to look at too!

  32. Bacon wrapped Scallops with Maple!!! Oh my, what a GREAT idea, Liz. I love them but would have never thought to include maple syrup. Perfect!

    I use to be a huge Gallo fan, I’m not sure what happened but I will surely try them again. Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  33. This sounds like a great appetizer to serve! I love scallops!

  34. How interesting, Liz… I wouldn’t have thought of teaming bacon with scallops… sounds delicious!

  35. I just started cooking scallops last year (I do believe it was for a #SundaySupper challenge to try something new.) and we love them. That maple marinade sounds wonderful and I love the addition of bacon. Bacon makes everything better!

  36. I love the look of these and I can imagine they would go very well with a lovely chilled glass of white wine and that they would disappear fast. My husband is very much a fan of bacon with scallops but we’ve never tried it with maple syrup xx

  37. These are a great party food, Liz.

  38. I love scallops and this looks amazing with the bacon! Love this, what a great combination Liz πŸ™‚

  39. My husband and I always have bacon wrapped scallops when we’re celebrating something….birthdays, anniversaries, etc. But, I’ve never tried them with maple. I think I’ll have to give your recipe a try just to mix up our favorite dish. Not much of a football fan myself, but I will definitely be indulging on some of the snacks.

  40. This is too weird. I was at the dentist today and the hygienist was talking about some bacon wrapped scallops she had recently that tasted like they had been marinated in maple syrup! I’m so sending this her way!

  41. Way to elevate game day appetizers Liz!!! Love the wines also!

  42. Oh boy…totally irresistible!

  43. If I could have these I would attend a football party!

  44. I’m absolutely a seafood lover. Bacon scallops have to be devoured at your place! Yum!
    It’s a tough call about the wine pairing. Sometimes, I think you go chardonnay or sauvignon blanc to match the scallop. Sometimes a pinot noir because the bacon takes such a prominent place on the palate.

    Cheers!
    Matt
    http://agoodtimewithwine.com

  45. OH, My!

    Maple.
    bacon.
    Scallops
    Wine.

    I Want!!!!! xx

  46. Bacon makes everything taste good… this looks like a dish that will disappear as soon as it hits the table.

  47. These look soo good! Love the addition of the maple syrup!

  48. Hi Liz! You are so talented. HOpe you’ll take the time to stop by and add these to Food on friday: March. Cheers

  49. Hey Liz,

    Now you’re absolutely talking when it comes to Scallops. I love delicious sea Scallops. Too bad you don’t live closeby, cause I wold gladly raid your pans with Scallops and food in them! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

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