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Bacon-Wrapped Scallop Sliders


This surf and turf recipe combines two luscious delights: sea scallops and bacon.

It’s also wonderfully child-friendly, so it’s a good choice to serve a mixed generation group.

Choose a mayonnaise made with an oil that’s low in omega-6 fats, such as olive oil, macadamia nut oil, canola oil, or high oleic sunflower oil.

This recipe makes 16 sliders; just divide or multiply the ingredients to make less or more.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallop Sliders
Prep time 15 minutes; Cook time 10 minutes
Makes 16 sliders

Ingredients

2 cups mayonnaise*
4 teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika)
1/8 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
5 medium or 3 cups sliced red onion
1/8 cup organic red balsamic vinegar
16 large (or 32 smaller) sea scallops (Alaskan or Atlantic), patted dry
16 bacon slices (pastured pork or wild salmon), fully-cooked but not crisp
16 mini-hamburger buns (whole wheat), split
16 small (3-inch) lettuce leaves

*Choose one made with an oil that’s low in omega-6 fats, such as olive oil, macadamia nut oil, canola oil, or high oleic sunflower oil.

Directions

  1. Blend mayonnaise and pimenton in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Stir in onions; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and simmer one minute. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  3. Wrap each single scallop (or pair) with a cooked bacon slice. Grill or sauté scallops for 2 to 3 minutes per side, cooking just until scallops are opaque and bacon is crisp.
  4. Place buns on grill and lightly toast. To serve, spread about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on cut side of each bun. Place about 2 tablespoons onions on the bun bottoms, top with a bacon-wrapped scallop and lettuce leaf, then close with bun tops.

Nutrients per serving (1 slider):
299 calories, 21.5g total fat, 5.5g saturated fat, 65% calories from fat, 26mg cholesterol, 5.5g protein, 21g carbohydrate, <1g fiber, 275mg sodium, 6mg calcium and 530mg omega-3 fatty acids.

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