Bacon wrapped scallops
12 slices of bacon, cut in half lengthwise
24 medium-sized scallops
10 Tbsp butter
6 cloves garlic, pressed
Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. If you want to make clean up easier, line the baking dish with foil (shiny side down) and grease the foil.
Cut the bacon slices in half lengthwise so you have 24 pieces.
Pre-fry the bacon just until it gets some color and it's still limp and soft (it needs to be flexible enought to wrap around the scallops).
Melt the butter in a small bowl.
Add garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper (if using) and stir well.
Set half of this butter / garlic mixture aside for later.
Dip each scallop in melted butter / garlic sauce.
Wrap a strip of bacon around each scallop; secure with toothpick (all the way through the scallop).
Arrange the wrapped scallops on the greased baking dish.
Bake on the middle rack for around 15 minutes (or until the scallops are done and the bacon is crisp).
Place scallops in large bowl and pour remaining butter / garlic sauce from earlier over the scallops and toss gently to coat.