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Foodie Fridays: Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
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Simplicity. Highly underrated in today's fast-paced, multi-tasking, always-on-the-go world. Sometimes there's just nothing better than slowing down for a minute and focusing on the simple things in life -- a beautiful sunset, a good book, sharing a hug with someone you love, good food.

Good food doesn't have to be complicated. It doesn't have to involve a list of ingredients a mile long. In fact, it's often as simple as pairing up a couple of good ingredients with a little love and... voila... simple, flavorful, wonderful food. That's certainly the case when you bring together scallops and bacon -- the perfect combination of textures and flavors.

These are great as appetizers, but you can also pair them with pasta for a meal that feels really decadent. Either way... simplicity... it really is all it's cracked up to be.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
12 large sea scallops, trimmed
12 slices thick-cut bacon
salt and pepper

Wash and pat dry scallops. Par cook the bacon (in the oven, in a skillet or in the microwave) until about halfway cooked, but before the edges begin to crisp. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool slightly.

Set oven to preheat to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and top with a wire cooling rack that fits just inside the pan (you can also use a broiler pan).

Wrap one bacon slice around each scallop and secure with a toothpick. Place wrapped scallops on cookie sheet or broiler pan, exposed side up and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes - turning once - until scallops are opaque and bacon is crispy.

Yield: 12 appetizers or 4 servings

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