Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
A staple of cocktail parties for generations, bacon-wrapped shrimp combines smoky pork and briny shrimp to great effect. Balancing flavor and ensuring each component is cooked to perfection can be a real challenge.
Why This Recipe Works
To achieve a never-fail bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe, with crisp bacon and juicy shrimp, we found that extra-large shrimp(21 to 25 per pound) were the best bet. A whole slice of bacon wrapped multiple times around the shrimp overpowered the seafood’s delicate flavor, so we halved bacon slices lengthwise, and then cut each slice into three pieces (one slice of bacon, then, wrapped six shrimp). If we wanted the two components to be at their peak in our bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe, we realized we’d have to parcook the bacon. Broiling and sautéing it was messy and inaccurate, but the microwave proved perfect. Once the bacon was cool enough to handle, we pinned each slice around the seasoned shrimp and broiled them roughly six inches from the element.
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