Friday, August 25, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

When we entertain, healthier eating tends to go out the window especially because in addition to dinner, I serve wine and/or cocktails, dessert and appetizers. Indulging in dessert and a drink are par for the course, but I wanted to make a low carb appetizer the last time we entertained. When I mentioned this to my son, he suggested serving bacon-wrapped shrimp.

I know this appetizer isn’t a food cardiologists would recommend, but in my mind, it wasn’t an egregious indulgence. It contains only three ingredients-nutrient-dense shrimp, Whole 30-compliant Wellshire Farms Bacon (which has no preservatives or sugar) and Old Bay Seasoning. This dish is easy to prepare and the cherry on the top of the sundae is that everyone loved it!

My bad-I forgot to take a picture before cutting and cooking the bacon

The cleaned shrimp tossed in Old Bay Seasoning

Ready for the oven

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

  1 lb.  large shrimp (18-20 per pound)
  ½ lb.  bacon
  1 Tbsp.  Old Bay Seasoning

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the bacon in half lengthwise and place on a rack in a sheet pan. Bake for 10-13 minutes until parcooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool. While the bacon is cooking, peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails entact. Place in a bowl and toss with Old Bay Seasoning. When the bacon is cool enough to handle, wrap a slice around each shrimp, secure with a toothpick and place on the same rack over the sheet pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through. If the bacon isn’t cooked enough, place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the bacon is cooked to your liking.

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