Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ah Christmas break.

It's the perfect time to shop with my mother for things like spices in a grocery store I normally couldn't afford (Fresh Market) and make food I only make on special occassions.

Sweet potatoes aren't so fancy, but they complimented the meal well. I'll give you some steps, since this was kind of shot from the hip.

I love sweet potatoes. They're my new favorite thing (besides molasses and the butane torch).

We skinned 'em, boiled 'em, and mashed 'em.

And then we made scallops!

After we broiled them, we topped them with a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

We even at the table like civilized people.

These bacon wrapped scallops are one of the best things we've made this year, especially in proportion to how totally easy they are. I'll share a "recipe" or at least steps for each.

Mama Shupe's Sweet Potatoes

At least one sweet potato per person (more, if you want left overs).
2 tbs brown sugar*
3/4 stick of butter
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and cube the sweet potatoes, then boil them until they are soft.
Mash them and then whip with a fork to make the fluffy. Add 3 tbs (or more) of milk, half and half, or buttermilk, to make them creamy. Stir in butter and brown sugar until incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste

Bacon-wrapped Scallops
adapted from All Recipes

16 sea scallops (we did 4 per person)
8 strips of bacon, cut in half
tbs brown sugar
juice from one lemon
1/4 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Wrap each sea scallop with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Broil 4-6 min. per side,** or until bacon is crispy.
Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. When scallops are done, brush or spoon the lemon and olive oil mixture on top of them. Serve immediately.***

*We sort of ran out of this. I added some maple syrup (Canadian trick!).
**We found 6 minutes was a little long and cut it to 4 minutes on the second side. But I'm sure it depends on your broiler.
***Make these last. We served them within moments after they were out of the oven, and they were so good.

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