One of the best things about summer is that the warm weather seems to encourage us all to get outside. Naturally, we like to get together with others to enjoy the weather, and often this means entertaining friends and family at our house. Usually there are some cocktails enjoyed and some outdoor games involved. However, entertaining in the summer can be hard with the heat. Using a full-sized oven can warm up the house even more and on a hot day, that’s not ideal.
But that’s why you are going love these sweet and salty Bacon-Wrapped Scallops. I serve these delicious morsels with a sweet and salty soy dipping sauce that’s simply amazing. And best of all, they are made using my KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven.
One of the things I love about the Convection Digital Countertop Oven is that it has the performance and power of a full-sized oven, but it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Not to mention that I love the digital display. I use our Convection Digital Countertop Oven all the time, making everything from salmon to cookies.
For this recipe, you’ll want to preheat your Convection Digital Countertop Oven to broil at 450°F and cover the multipurpose pan (included with the Countertop Oven) in foil.
Next, cut your pieces of bacon in half.
Then, wrap a half piece of bacon around each scallop.
Dip the bacon-wrapped scallop into the light brown sugar to evenly coat it. The brown sugar will melt and caramelize a bit in the Convection Digital Countertop Oven, giving these bites a nice flavor.
Stick a toothpick through the bacon-wrapped scallop to secure it in place.
Then place your bacon-wrapped scallops onto your foil-lined multipurpose pan. The recipe below is for about 1 pound of sea scallops, which should give you 12-14 scallops. I had a few extra, so I was able to fit about 20 scallops on the pan.
When the Convection Digital Countertop Oven has preheated, place your multipurpose pan inside to cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through. Be sure to turn the scallops halfway through, to ensure each bite is evenly cooked.
While the scallops broil, you’ll have time to quickly put together a sweet soy dipping sauce for these bites. Just add your soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch to a saucepan and cook until slightly thickened. It’ll continue to thicken as it cools, making for a rich and flavorful sauce.
Once the scallops are ready, serve them with the sauce. The result is a delicious bite of scallop with a light crunch from the crispy bacon. And I could just about drink the sauce on its own. These bites all come together without heating up a full-sized oven, making it the perfect recipe to battle the heat. Serve these bites at your next summer gathering and enjoy!
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Makes 6-12 servings
For the scallops
6-7 pieces of bacon
1 pound sea scallops
1/3 cup light brown sugar
For the sweet soy dipping sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Preheat your KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven to broil at 450°F. Line your multipurpose pan with aluminum foil.
Cut each piece of bacon in half. Wrap each scallop with one half-piece of bacon. Press the bacon-wrapped scallop into the brown sugar, fully coating the outside of the bacon. Secure the bacon in place with a toothpick. Place the scallops onto the multipurpose pan.
Cook scallops under the broiler for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through. Turn the scallops once in the middle of cooking.
To make the dipping sauce, combine the soy sauce, light brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until lightly thickened. Don’t boil. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Serve scallops warm with the dipping sauce.
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