Friday, April 10, 2009

BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP


Your guests will never guess how simple these shrimp are to make and YOU will be amazed how quickly they disappear; they are an absolutely delicious hors d’oeuvre.

(1) 16 ounce bag of frozen 16-20 count RAW shrimp (see note)
1 pound of smoked bacon (not the thick kind)
1 cup of your favorite barbeque sauce

In our Fred Meyer store, these shrimp are sold frozen (near the meat case). The one pound package says they are 16-20 count “Wild Caught” with shell on and heads off. Let them thaw in your fridge overnight. The next day, remove the shell (leave tails on). With a small sharp knife, make a shallow cut down the back of the shrimp and rinse out any “vein” you see there. Drain the shrimp on a paper towel and sit in fridge for a few minutes while you prepare the bacon.
If you use the 16-20 count shrimp (16 to 20 shrimp per pound), it will take a whole slice of bacon per shrimp. Make sure you use regular cut bacon (not thick sliced). Partially cook it, to remove some of the fat, but don’t let it get crispy (drain on paper towels). It should look like this:
Wrap the partially cooked bacon around the raw shrimp. Starting at the wide end of the shrimp, attach the bacon to the shrimp with a toothpick. Wind the bacon around (in a single thickness) and all the way down to the tail and secure it with another toothpick like this:
Baste the shrimp on both sides with your favorite barbeque sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.

Line a large baking sheet with foil (to help with cleanup) and put a baking rack on the foil (spray the rack with cooking spray). Place the shrimp on the rack and bake in a PREHEATED 450° oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, TURN OFF THE OVEN (do not open the door) and let the shrimp sit in the hot oven for another five minutes. Remove the toothpicks and enjoy!

25 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

What a gorgeous color these are! I can see why they get gobbled up quickly!

Be My Chickadee said...

Do you keep the toothpicks in there on the serving tray or does the bacon stay on without them?

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

These look to die for Coleen. You must have people clamoring for a dinner invitation to your house :)
Have a blessed Easter.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Donna-FFW said...

Love these Coleen.. So imple and beta HUGE amount of flavor..

Netts Nook said...

Coleen I have the shrimp thanks for the fun recipe.

Cheryl said...

Wow, we used to make these all the time with a honey mustard dipping sauce. I love how you pre-cooked the bacon, excellent idea!

Elyse said...

What a fabulous indulgence! These sound soooo delicious. My only fear is that shrimp are so "poppable" that I might eat the entire platter before my guests could get any!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

OMY GOODNESS you got me at the title. Shrimp and bacon yummo. I gotta try these.

Pam said...

Oh my this looks divine. I love bacon!

Wandering Coyote said...

These look mouthwatering!

teresa said...

YUMMY! Forget serving guests, I'm saving these for myself!

Van Santos said...

The world can always use more bacon! I recently did country fried bacon, and I would consider battering these guys up and trying that approach here....

hmmm....

Linda said...

Ahhhhh bacon and shrimp... two of my loves.... looks soooo good.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your Bacon Wrapped Shrimp look really good and I love how easy they are to make.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to your enchiladas. :)

Kim said...

I can see why these wouldn't last long. In your picture they looks so pretty too! Happy Easter to you too!

girlichef said...

These would definitely disappear fast in my house. Not sure they would even make it to the table :D

Krystal said...

there's just something about things wrapped in bacon. I love it!

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is food porn Coleen! Totally delicious! Happy Easter!

Claudia said...

Oh would my midwestern family adore that. Going to try it - all those different tastes - you cannot go wrong.

Judy said...

Wow, do these look great. Wonderful idea for a party.

Dragon said...

These must be seriously addictive!

Ingrid said...

Save me some! I'll be right there!

Those look A-mazing! Yum! I can't wait to give this a try, Coleen!

Great tip to partially cooking the bacon.

Happy Easter!
~ingrid

HoneyB said...

It is only 10 AM but I could soooo eat this right now!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

~Carole said...

My family will love this recipe! I'm so glad I found your blog.

Erin said...

My mom made these when staying at my house a few weeks ago - they were scrumptious!