Baked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
You ever go to a party, wedding, or other sort of event where there is catering? Bacon Wrapped Shrimp seems to be a go-to hors d’oeuvres for any kind of catered get-together. Why? Because they’re delicious! Well, as it happens I was seriously craving some bacon last night. And since I didn’t have any new super-premium bacon to put together a The Bacon Project post, instead I used the stuff I have already written about to make one of my other favorite hors d’oeuvres – and I loved it!!
What you’ll need:
- 1lb Wild-Caught Shrimp
- 1lb Premium Bacon, cut in half
Prep and Cook time: 60 minutes
Serves: 2-6 (6 as an hors d’oeuvre; 2 as a meal)
First cook the shrimp. The shrimp that I buy is frozen (I know, I don’t actually go down to the shrimp boat and purchase it straight off the boat). So the first thing we need to do is to thaw the shrimp and partially cook it. You can do this in a microwave, I guess, but I think it will taste better, and work better, if you use a covered frying pan (no oil needed) or the oven.
Next, some prep-work: We’ll take care of about 3 steps here. First turn the oven on to 450. Second cut the bacon and prep the cutting board. And third put the foil on your baking pan. Each shrimp will use about a half-slice of bacon, which is why we cut the bacon in half. Also, unlike in other meals, it is unnecessary to grease the foil. Bacon comes with plenty of it’s own!!
Pay attention to the shrimp – once it has evaporated off all of the liquid, turn it off and let it cool. You’re going to be handling the shrimps manually, so you don’t want them to be too hot. As the shrimps cool, touch them occasionally (you should wash your hands regularly while cooking – please do so before touching the shrimp) to find the temperature you’re comfortable with. For me, I let them cool for about 5 minutes before they were cool enough for me to be comfortable working with them.
Now take the shrimp out of the pan, one at a time, and roll them in to the bacon. This is a highly manual process. Shrimp, as you know, cooks in a curled shape, so you have to straighten the shrimp out and hold it as you’re rolling it in the bacon. This will end up working to your advantage, though, because the shrimp will hold the bacon in place because of it’s shape. As these are finished, put them on the baking pan.
Once the shrimps are all rolled in bacon, pop the pan in the oven and let them bake! This is a nice and simple recipe, it takes a little prep time, but not much, and the level of deliciousness you get from the final product is amazing!! Let these bake for about 40 minutes. Check regularly, and take them out of the oven when they are just right.
If you’re serving these as an hors d’oeuvres they should be placed individually on 1-2 pieces of lettuce greens. If you want these as a meal (this is how I had them, though shown in the photo is how I would serve them as an hors d’oeuvre) then go ahead and treat them as any other meat course. But make sure to eat these immediately out of the oven – they’re best when piping hot and fresh! And finally: Enjoy!