Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

As the holidays are fast approaching, 
I've been wanting to share with you fabulous recipes for parties and gatherings. 

This one is so easy, indulgent and delicious!

Shrimp, wrapped in bacon and topped with pizza sauce.

These little bites of Italian, smokey, crispy shrimp
are signature of my brother Nick and have quickly become a traditional staple
at holidays and family trips.  

Seriously, you can whip these up in less than 30 minutes
with just THREE ingredients! 

Bacon, Shrimp and Pizza Sauce,
that's it!  

Start by lightly pre-frying 1# of bacon. 

If you have read any of my bacon wrapped entries in the past,
you will already know that 
I prefer to get the bacon started before wrapping to enhance the texture and appearance. 

One pound of raw, peeled large shrimp. 

Shrimp gets so rubbery if over cooked, so I always start with raw. 

Using 1/2 slice, wrap the bacon around the shrimp,
securing with a toothpick from the side,
to allow for topping with the sauce. 

Finally, top with about a tablespoon of pizza sauce and
pop into a 350 F oven for just about 10 minutes. 

You will know the shrimp are cooked because they are pink and opaque,
no longer gray and translucent.  

These could be made be prepped ahead of time and just popped into the oven as the guests are arriving for a tasty appetizer. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes at 350 F

Makes nearly 30 individual bites. 

1# Large Shrimp - raw, de-veined and peeled
1# Bacon
Pizza Jar - small

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Pre-fry bacon until lightly browned. 
Wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around shrimp. 
Secure with toothpick from the side. 
Top with 1 tbsp of pizza sauce. 
Bake for 10 minutes, or until shrimp are thoroughly cooked. 

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