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Bacon-wrapped Shrimp with Basil-Garlic Stuffing

Howard L. Puckett
Yield Makes 16 appetizer servings
The name says it all. What's better than bacon? Shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with Parmesan cheese, basil, and garlic. Serve these delectable appetizers in soup spoons for over-the-top presentation.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 pieces thinly sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup prepared fruit-based barbecue sauce

How to Make It

  1. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on. Butterfly shrimp by cutting a slit along the back and gently pressing open.

  2. Combine basil, Parmesan, and garlic in a small bowl. Place basil mixture evenly in shrimp openings; press shrimp closed.

  3. Cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Wrap each shrimp with 1 slice bacon, and place on greased baking sheet. Brush barbecue sauce over shrimp, and bake at 400° for 8 to 9 minutes.