Post # 1
I feel like I’m asking too many questions lately, I hope I’m not being annoying! I ran into a problem with the appetizer I’m supposed to be bringing to my SO’s parents’ for Christmas day, and I don’t know who else to ask!
Can you use bay scallops to make bacon wrapped scallops?
The cheapest I can find sea scallops anywhere is $14.99/lb, and I’d need at least 2.5lbs plus 2lbs of bacon, and that makes this a $50 appetizer, I just don’t have that much money! I can get bay scallops for $6.99/lb, but I know they’re a lot smaller and I don’t know if that will work. If not how in the world do I tell his parents that I can’t afford the appetizer I promised to bring?
Post # 3
I don’t think you can use bay scallops because they’re way, way too small. When you cook them, they become like half an inch wide.
Just be honest with his parents and say you can’t afford them, you didn’t realize how expensive the scallops would be, etc. Suggest an alternative that’s sort of similar? I went to a gala the other night that had chunks of apple wrapped in bacon that my Fiance is still raving about.
Post # 4
Bay scallops are likely too small. A scallop appetizer can be outrageously expensive.
You can do a similar appetizer using water chestnuts . You buy them whole in a can.
Dip the water chestnuts in soy sauce then roll it in sugar. Wrap the chestnut with half a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Cook them under the broiler until the bacon is cooked.
Post # 5
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I agree with Abbie.
You can make bacon wrapped dates for much less and they are delicious! We got hooked on them when the local tapas place started making them. You can get Majol dates in the produce section (you usually pick them out of boxes with tongs) and just roll them up.
You can bake them or microwave them (they can overcook in the micro, so watch them).
Post # 6
They also sell premade bacon wrapped scallops in the frozen seafood aisle. This may work better for your budget.
Post # 7
@mink: YES! I was just about to suggest this. I think bacon wrapped dates are even more delicious.
Post # 8
Sigh. That’s what I was afraid of. I’ll check and see if I can find the premade ones or fess up that I have a lot less money than they think I do.
Post # 9
Anything bacon wrapped will be delish! Find a cheaper substitute for scallops.
FYI: I once did use bay scallops for this appetizer, but they were way too small. I wrapped 2 bay scallops with bacon and secured with a toothpick. While they still tasted ok, the presentation left something to be desired.
Post # 10
we use bay scallops at work, they work pretty well, except as pp said they are really small…
Try baccon wrapped shimp skewers. Still good, and still ” fancy” engough to make most happy
Post # 11
Scallops get very expensive! I always make bacon wrapped water chestnuts and they are a hit! I just roll one whole water chestnut with half a slice of bacon and secure with a tooth pick. Then I cover them (quite liberally) with worscetshire (know idea how to spell that) sauce and sometimes some hot sauce as well. Bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes. I also like the idea of doing some shrimp as well for a variety as not everyone likes water chestnuts.
Post # 12
@mink: Bacon wrapped dates are AMAZING. Great suggestion!
@MissBoPeep: If you go with the dates, you can even pop an almond in the middle of each date to add more texture and crunch 🙂
Post # 13
I specialized with anything and everything bacon wrapped! 🙂 I pretty much experienced with everything through the years because the hubby loves bacon!
Scallops wrapped bacon is probably the most expensive..and if you have a large party, you definely looking at spending a lot. I tried the bay scallops before..i just use multiple scallops and pressed them together..it was difficult to make and still pretty expensive because you end up using a lot of scallops.
If you still want to be fancy, perhaps substituting shrimps for scallops..they are really delish! or if that’s still too expensive..use asparagus wrapped with bacon! Something in between would be chicken cube (breast cut up) wrapped in bacon! Those three are my hubby’s favorites!
Post # 14
I make bacon wrapped chicken instead and it’s delicious!
Post # 15
I once had to substitute potatoes for shrimp. I know it doesn’t sound as “fancy” but trust me – they were gone in minutes! I also made a spicy mayo sauce to go with it so they were flavorful and yum!
Post # 16
Thank you guys for the ideas! I’m thinking about making bacon wrapped dates and bringing crescent wrapped brie also.