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23 July 2006

Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops (Cooks Illustrated)



Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops


You will need about 25 sturdy toothpicks for this recipe.

Serves 4 to 6

4 ounces bacon (4 slices)

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

24 large sea scallops (1 pound), side muscles removed

2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

1. Adjust an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler. Line a broiler-pan bottom with foil and cover with the slotted broiler-pan top.

2. Slice each piece of bacon lengthwise into two long, thin strips, then cut each strip into three short pieces (you should have a total of 24 bacon pieces). Spread the bacon pieces out over four layers of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with two more layers of paper towels. Microwave on high until the bacon fat begins to melt but the bacon is still pliable, about 1 1/2 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, toss the salt, pepper, and cayenne together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the scallops.

4. Wrap a piece of microwaved bacon around the middle of each scallop and place on the broiler-pan top, pinning the bacon ends underneath the scallops. Broil until the edges of the bacon are brown, spinning the broiler pan around halfway through cooking, about 3 1/2 minutes. Skewer the scallops and bacon with toothpicks and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the chives before serving.