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Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

plate of bacon wrapped scallops cooked in an air fryer

Air-Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Scallops: A Scrumptious Appetizer for Any Occasion

Delight your guests with these easy-to-make, succulent bacon-wrapped scallops, cooked to perfection in the air fryer. A quick and flavorful appetizer that's sure to impress at any gathering.

Ingredients: Combining Simplicity and Flavor

  • Sea Scallops: 12 medium-sized (about 9 ounces), for tender bites.

  • Center-Cut Bacon: 3 thin slices, for wrapping the scallops.

  • Seasonings: Ground pepper and paprika, each ¼ teaspoon, for a hint of spice.

  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: 1 teaspoon, to enhance the taste and texture.

Cooking Instructions: Simple Steps to Gourmet Goodness

  1. Preparation: Heat the air fryer to 375°F. Pat dry the scallops and remove the side muscle.

  2. Bacon Wrapping: Cut bacon into strips and wrap around each scallop. Secure with wooden picks.

  3. Seasoning: Sprinkle with pepper and paprika, then brush with olive oil.

  4. Air Frying: Cook in a single layer until the bacon crisps and the scallops are tender, about 10-12 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I make these ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! Prepare and wrap the scallops, refrigerate, and cook just before serving.

Q: Are there alternatives to bacon for wrapping?

A: For a different flavor, try prosciutto or smoked salmon.

Q: Can I use frozen scallops?

A: Yes, just ensure they're fully thawed and patted dry before use.

Q: How do I ensure the scallops don't become rubbery?

A: Avoid overcooking. Monitor closely and remove as soon as they're tender.

Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative to this recipe?

A: You can wrap seasoned mushrooms with vegetarian bacon strips for a delicious twist.

Crafting these air-fryer bacon-wrapped scallops is quick and easy, yet the result is a sophisticated and tasty appetizer. Whether you're hosting a party or looking for a delightful snack, these scallops, with their perfect blend of sea-sweetness and smoky bacon, are a go-to choice. Serve them on their own or with a side of maple syrup for a sweet and savory experience.

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